Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: True Fiction review

first_imgWannabe writer Avery Malone (Sara Garcia) gets the job of a lifetime when she’s chosen to work with her favourite author Caleb Conrad (John Cassini) on his next novel. Escorted to a remote lodge, Avery has her phone taken away from her and when she meets Caleb, he asks her to consent to partaking in a series of tests based around fear. Eager to please, Avery agrees but as she gets further into Caleb’s tests, she starts to wonder what’s real and what isn’t as her nightmarish descent begins to take over.Written and directed by Braden Croft, True Fiction is a mind-bending psychological horror that takes a little inspiration from Misery. Avery is a big fan of the elusive author Caleb Conrad, whose face has never been seen in public. Discontented with her own life, she doesn’t think twice about allowing herself to be locked in a house with a man she doesn’t know. As a viewer, you feel the panic set in fairly early on but it takes a lot longer for Avery to come to the same realisation.Credit: 775 Media CorpCaleb appears to be an odd but generally pleasant man but once he starts to put Avery through tests that are reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange, things start to get a little crazy. What Croft does so successfully here is make you question what’s real and what isn’t. True Fiction is packed with twists and turns, and I admit at points I wasn’t sure what was going on or what to believe. The minute you get a handle on the plot, something changes and everything you thought you knew is turned on its head. Croft’s constant misdirections and reveals make you sympathise heavily with Avery, as you’re experiencing the same kind of disorientation as she is.Sara Garcia gives a very strong performance as Avery. Her character goes to hell and back over the film’s duration and it requires her to utilise an impressive range. Garcia can go from scared to determined in the same moment, and she’s wholly convincing throughout. She’s well matched by John Cassini as Caleb, who ensures you doubt his character from the moment you meet him. Interestingly, you’ll go through a range of emotions and your allegiance will jump back-and-forth as the twists unravel.There is a rather large shift around the mid-point of the film that some viewers may find a little jarring. The slow-burn approach that settles you into the film is replaced by a fast-paced intensity that hurtles you to the end. The conclusion is a little ambiguous and you can interpret it in a number of ways. Part of me wonders if that’s a purposeful creative decision so you go back and rewatch it. I definitely think seeing the film multiple times would be very beneficial.Credit: 775 Media CorpTrue Fiction is a bit of a headscratcher but if you make the decision early on to just go along for the ride, you’ll get plenty out of it. Perhaps it could have been a little tighter in places but as a horror film it will definitely push you out of your comfort zone. Essentially a cat-and-mouse style story, True Fiction constantly reinvents itself and you’ll be hard pressed to guess what’s coming next. Croft proves himself to be a very inventive storyteller and True Fiction is sure to be a crowd pleaser.Cast: Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope, Julian Richings Director: Braden Croft Writer: Braden Croft Certificate: TBC Duration: 94 mins Released by: 775 Media Corplast_img read more

Week 9 College Football Playoff picture: Four in, two out and four to watch

first_imgMORE: Questions the Playoff committee must answerWe’re inching closer to Dec. 2 — when the final pairings are announced — and that will be here before you know it. With that mind, here are the four teams in, the first two out and four to watch heading into Week 8:Four in1. Alabama (8-0)The Crimson Tide routed Tennessee 58-21 on Saturday, and Tua Tagovailoa continued his Heisman Trophy run-away campaign with 306 passing yards and four more touchdown passes. The Crimson Tide get a bye week before another November march, which as usual begins with a showcase against LSU. This was one might feel a lot like 2011 in terms of the regular-season stakes with the Tigers.2. Clemson (7-0)The Tigers took control of the ACC Atlantic race with a 41-7 blowout against N.C. State — the second blowout in a row in the division. Trevor Lawrence passed for 308 yards and a touchdown, and Travis Etienne added three more touchdowns. This is the defense that might be best suited to challenge Alabama. What else is new? The Tigers renew their rivalry on the road at Florida State in Week 9.3. Notre Dame (7-0)The Irish enter the final week of October with five games left on their schedule, and that slate resumes in San Diego against Navy. The extra week off should help against Navy’s offense. The Irish have won six of the last seven meetings with the Midshipmen, a streak that should continue.4. LSU (7-1)The Tigers get a bye week to hype up the SEC West showdown with Alabama, and we’re guessing LSU will be ranked in the top four in the first College Football Playoff rankings on Oct. 30. Alabama has won the last seven meetings since the Game of the Century in 2011. This one will have the same hype as that matchup — and it will be at Tiger Stadium. Yeah, we can’t wait either.MORE: Harbaugh finally has Michigan ready for bigger questions First two out5. Michigan (7-1)The Wolverines will be the highest-ranked Big Ten team heading into a November stretch that includes matchups against Penn State and Ohio State. The door is open for Jim Harbaugh to lead Michigan to a Big Ten championship — and the 21-7 victory against Michigan State is yet another step in silencing the critics. The bye week should help the Wolverines get ready for that stretch run.6. Texas (6-1)The Longhorns had a bye week, but they remain the highest-ranked Big 12 team on the board. Texas isn’t quite to the point where they can look past anybody, and that goes for a tricky road game at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Given the list of teams waiting for Texas to trip, there is still no margin for error.Four to watchGeorgia (6-1) had a bye week to get ready for the SEC showdown with Florida, and the following week the Bulldogs travel to Kentucky. We’ll see how Kirby Smart used the bye week to prepare Georgia for a tough stretch run … Ohio State (7-1) didn’t just lose to Purdue. The Buckeyes were blown out 49-20 in West Lafayette in a loss that resembles the 31-point blowout at Iowa last season. Ohio State can still win the Big Ten championship, but that loss won’t be easy to erase. … Oklahoma (6-1) recovered nicely after a bye week. Kyler Murray passed for four touchdowns against TCU in a 52-27 blowout, and the Sooners still control their destiny to get to the Big 12 championship game. … Say hello to Washington State (6-1), the last remaining one-loss team in the Pac-12. It’s nice to have Mike Leach in charge of a team in the mix, but the Cougars have no time to celebrate with a road trip to Stanford on the schedule. Week 8 of the college football season is in the books, and we’re just one week away from the first set of College Football Playoff rankings.Three more unbeatens lost in Week 8, including Ohio State, Cincinnati and N.C. State, and that leaves the number of undefeated teams in the FBS at five heading into Week 9.last_img read more

Parker edges a close one

first_imgRichi Hurley is just back from a trip home to England and hadn’t played golf for a few months but it hasn’t affected his golf and he came third with a very steady thirty seven points.  Paul Pavloff took the fourth and last podium place today with thirty five points.  There were no ‘2’s today.1st Allan Parker (9) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (17) 39pts3rd Richi Hurley (7) 37pts4th Paul Pavloff (5) 35ptsTuesday, August 30, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWe hadn’t been to Mountain Shadow for a long time as the course had been in very poor condition the last time we played it.  However today it was almost up to its usual standard except for the greens being much slower than before, which seemed to have caught out a lot of our group and there were many three putts today.Again we were joined by our friends from the PFGS and one of their members took the top spot today.  Craig Hitchens was the man who came out on top of what was a day of bad scoring and won with thirty five points.  Frank McGowan took the second place with thirty points and a very surprised Russell Gilroy found that he had taken the third spot with twenty seven points.Once again we had no ‘2’s today.1st Craig Hitchens (14) 35pts2nd Frank McGowan (18) 30pts3rd Russell Gilroy (17) 27ptsThursday, Sept. 1, Burapha – StablefordWe decided to play two flights today here at Burapha, off the blue and white tees to make it enjoyable for everyone.  Again the course was deserted except for ourselves and it was another very fast round of golf.Craig Hitchens.Jon Batty took the honors in the blue flight and won with thirty five points.  Lyle Blaw has just returned for another visit and he came second with thirty.In the white flight Rod Crosswell was playing his first ever game with us and started in style by being a very clear winner with an excellent thirty nine points.  Russell Gilroy was five points behind Rod but he still got the second place with thirty four.  Rodney Nabbe also had thirty four but he lost the count back to Russell and had to settle for the third and last place and once again today we had no ‘2’s.Blue Flight1st Jon Batty (8) 35pts2nd Lyle Blaw (11) 30ptsWhite Flight1st Rod Crosswell (15) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 34pts3rd Rod Nabbe (13) 34ptsNote: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364. IPGC Golf from the Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, August 28, Green Valley – StablefordOn the way out here today it was looking very much like rain but by the time we got to the course it had cleared up and turned out to be another beautiful day for golf.  We got round in what was probably a record time for golf on a Sunday and completed our round in three hours and fifteen minutes.  Low season is definitely better for golf!Allan Parker.Again the same consistent golfers battled it out for the top spot today with thirty nine points each, two better than last Sunday and again Allan Parker won the count back which went down to the last six holes.  For the second week in a row Russell Gilroy had to settle for the second place.  Both of these players having been playing great golf for the past few weeks.last_img read more

Eagles’ Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

first_imgn this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors White players over Black players and says he never considers race when he’s building the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn’t happy about the trade. The two-time All-Pro and leading rusher in franchise history then questioned Kelly’s motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine earlier this month.“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good Black players. He got rid of them the fastest,” McCoy said. “But there’s a reason he got rid of all the Black players _ the good ones _ like that.”McCoy referenced Kelly releasing star receiver DeSean Jackson a year earlier, while keeping receiver Riley Cooper.“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said of the comments. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”Kelly said he doesn’t plan to address the team about the comments, and he hasn’t spoken to McCoy.“I reached out to him twice and he didn’t accept my call,” Kelly said. “And I talked to his agent and told him I’d love to talk to him at some point, but I haven’t had a chance to touch base with him.”The third-year coach isn’t concerned about perception outside the locker room.“If you start chasing perception then you got a long life ahead of you, son,” Kelly said. “That’s what it’s all about if you’re worried about someone’s perception of what’s going on with you. You control one thing _ you control yourself. And I know how we run this organization, and it’s not run that way.”last_img read more

Mon Valley athlete inducted into college Hall of Fame

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier Celebrated McKeesport High School athlete and former native, Juandell Wilson was inducted into the Yankton College Hall of Fame in South Dakota this summer.The 1968 graduate in his youth played offense and defense for the McKeesport Little Tigers in 1963 and his junior and senior years with the McKeesport Tigers before he attended Yankton College where he played as running back and defensive cornerback for four years for their Greyhound football team.In 1970 the Yankton Greyhounds were voted Midwestern Team of the year in overall sports and Wilson played in one of the few bowl games the College had ever been invited to. Wilson was also selected three years consecutively as the MVP of the team and was voted as the most valuable freshman in his first year. In his junior year he was ranked 4th in the nation (NAIA) in punt returns.An all-around athlete, Wilson while attending Yankton also lettered in track and field for three seasons competing in such events as the long jump, triple jump, 4 x100 relay and the 880 or half mile relay.Participating in pro and semi-pro football, in 1973 he signed as a National Football League free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, was injured and as a result was released. He signed a one-year contract with the New York Stars of the World Football League where he started nine games at defensive cornerback. The next year he signed with the Chicago Wind and was released prior to the season opener.Wilson, the youngest of three brothers comes from a talented athletic family. His oldest brother, Hinton was a professional boxer that was the sparring partner of Light Heavy Weight World Champion Bob Foster. Hinton’s twin, Edgar was a weight lifter and bodybuilder.  The middle brother Charles (deceased) was an All State High School Pennsylvania football player that received an athletic scholarship to Boise Idaho State University and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as a registered nurse. Their family by any standard would be considered as patriotic. His father, three brothers and he all served in the armed forces and survived two major wars, the Korean War and Vietnam War.When asked who his role models are he credits his mother. “She raised me and my three brothers as a single parent leaning not on her own understanding but in all ways acknowledging God first.  She instilled moral values in us and raised us with respect and honor and stressed the importance of education,” he pointed out.Wilson holds a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and has dedicated 37 years as a Human Resources Professional. He has retired from the corporate world of Aerospace and International Airports and currently operates an independent consulting company that specializes in soft skills for Human Resources.Wilson is well traveled, corporately experienced and has lived the international life. A family man, he and his wife and daughter have made their home in the Atlanta area for the last 26 years. REMEMBERING HIS ROOTS—Former McKeesport athlete, Juandell Wilson is excited to be inducted into his college Hall of Fame.last_img read more