The Young Kieslowki – Movie review

The Young Kieslowski” is the story of two virgin college students, who instantly fall in love and after one night faced with the life-changing event of parenthood. The movie features two strong lead performances from Ryan Malgarini (How to Eat Fried Worms) and Haley Lu Richardson (Awkward, Ravenswood) and a funny and heartwarming script from writer/director Kerem Sanga.

In the wrong hands, “The Young Kieslowski” could have been a bad after-school special about teenage pregnancy. Instead, the movie is a smartly written story about our inner turmoil when taking the fast track to parenthood.

The story follows two Cal Tech students, Brian Kieslowski (Ryan Malgarini) and Leslie Mallard (Haley Lu Richardson), who happen to be virgins—one by choice and the other by circumstance. They meet at a party and instantly attracted to each other. This encounter leads to a night of passion and an unexpected pregnancy with twins.

The Young Kieslowski” is inspired by writer/director Kerem Sanga’s parents, who had twins in college. Although, this is not a story of his parents, “The Young Kieslowski” is Sanga’s answer if faced with the same situation as his parents.

The two leads, Ryan Malgarini and Haley Lu Richardson, are the highlight of the movie. The movie opens with Ryan portraying the typical nerd with a horrible, horrible hairstyle. He could have played a typical over-the-top nerd character, but instead, Malgarini brings likable depth to his character that has you rooting for him to make the right choice throughout the movie.

Haley Lu Richardson performance as a girl, cynical with life but changed with the prospect of parenthood, is nothing but stellar. Her presence on screen has you instantly falling for this sometimes abrasive/cynical character.

Another smart move writer/director Kerem Sanga made was to surround you relative unknown leads with its quality supporting talent. Joshua Malina and Melora Walters plays Robert and Barbara Kieslowski. Barabara struggles with stage 4 cancer. James Le Gros plays Leslie’s father, Walter. He is a writer of historical novels. Le Gros is perfect as the reclusive writer, who is haunted by watching the mistake he made as a youth replayed in his daughter.

It hard to bring heart to a comedy, but writer/director Kerem Sanga pulls it off perfectly. Sanga manages to answer on-screen all the issues, young couples face when surprised with unplanned parenthood. He also sprinkles the film with truly laugh-out-loud moments.

The Young Kieslowski” is both a funny and heartwarming tale of young love and is currently on the film festival circuit at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “The Young Kieslowski” had its world premiere last night and will screen again this Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM.

Ubisoft® Unveils Just Dance® 2015 for Consoles and Just Dance® Now–a New Mobile Experience

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® announced the development of both Just Dance® 2015 and Just Dance® Now. Just Dance 2015 is the latest installment of the world’s #1 dance game franchise and will be available on all motion-control gaming platforms on October 23 in EMEA (October 24th in the UK) and in October in the US. Just Dance Now is the all-new mobile experience that allows players to play Just Dance tracks with their smartphones and any Internet-connected screen.

“We’re taking the franchise to the next level this year by developing the most community-focused console game yet with Just Dance 2015, and by bringing the Just Dance experience to smartphones with Just Dance Now,” said Jason Altman, Executive Producer. “Expanding into mobile allows us to reach any Just Dance fan in any setting, with the potential to reach millions of additional players.”

With 50 million games sold in the franchise since its debut in 2009, Just Dance has become a pop-cultural phenomenon played by fans all over the world. Last year, Just Dance 2014 was the ninth largest-selling video game on all platforms worldwide as well as the #4 selling video game during the holidays worldwide.

Just Dance 2015

Just Dance 2015 is developed by Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Pune, and has the most interactive features and hottest track list yet. Here’s what’s new this year:

There are more than 100 million Just Dance players around the world and in Just Dance 2015, the community is as important as ever with the introduction of the all-new Community Remix feature. The feature allows players to record themselves dancing to songs from artists like Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams and Calvin Harris and share in the game. The community then votes on their favorites, which the development team will use to create remixed gameplay and ultimately bring fan footage into the game for millions of fans to dance against. Ubisoft is bringing the players into the actual game this year.

Fan-favorite features including the massive multiplayer mode World Dance Floor, video snippet creator Autodance and the sing along Karaoke feature are all back and revamped for the new game.

With more than 40 tracks, there’s quite literally something for everyone. Get “Happy” with Pharrell Williams, “Walk This Way” with Run DMC & Aerosmith or try “Holding Out for a Hero” with Bonnie Tyler’s 1980s power anthem. Whether it’s pop, hip-hop or rock you’re looking for, check out a selection of Just Dance 2015 tracks:

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Problem” by Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea
  • “She Looks So Perfect’’ by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Walk this Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith
  • “Summer” by Calvin Harris
  • “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler
  • “Only You (and You Alone)” by The Platters
  • “The Fox” by Ylvis
  • “I Love It” by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
  • “Burn” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Love Me Again” by John Newman
  • “Tetris” by Dancing Bros.

Just Dance Now

Just Dance Now creates the most accessible version of Just Dance yet by enabling players to dance anywhere, anytime with anyone. The game is streamed to any Internet-connected screen, while the free app transforms players’ smartphone into a motion controller. Using a Ubisoft’s proprietary technology called Ubi Bluestar, an unlimited number of people can play together in real time, even while on different data connections – 2G, 3G, 4G, or WiFi.

Players will follow three simple steps:

1. Download the Just Dance Now app on their iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ device.

2. Visit JustDanceNow.com on any Internet-connected screen.

3. Their phone will automatically sync and they’ll be ready to dance!

Developed at Ubisoft Massive studio, in association with Ubisoft Paris, Just Dance Now allows fans to play Just Dance anywhere, anytime and without a video game console. The track list includes all the greatest hits from the Just Dance catalogue. The mobile experience also allows players to check their stats directly from the app, challenge their Facebook friends, and record video of their dance session to share.

For the latest information on Just Dance 2015 and Just Dance Now, please visit: www.justdancegame.com. Follow Just Dance on Twitter.com/JustDanceGame and use hashtags #JustDance2015 or #JustDanceNow.

Missing Child – Beaten Path Film Festival – Movie Review

Missing Child” is a thriller by writer/director Luke Sabis and recently part of the Beyond the Beaten Path Film Festival. There is another opportunity to see this thriller at the upcoming, Dances With Films Festival on Thursday, June 5th at 2:45 pm at the Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

It is the story of a young woman, Gia (Kristen Ruhlin), who is finally able to move on with her life after being accepted to design school. Gia has had a troubled past. As a child, she was shuffled through the foster care system. She was physically and sexually abused and exploited by those who “cared” for her in the past.

Today, Gia finds herself at a point, where her life is the most stable than it has ever been. She has a job and close friends. A boyfriend, Joe (Luke Sabis), who protects her and the future as she prepares to pursue a career. Until Joe discovers an age-progressed photo of a missing girl that resembles Gia on a website from a couple, looking for the daughter taken from them at the age of three.

Gia and Joe decide to see if this couple could possibly be her parents. Upon arrival at a secluded farm, Gia and Joe meet the God-fearing widower Henry (Charles Gorgano), who is at times welcoming and distrustful of the couple. When Henry’s daughter, Elizabeth, went missing, many suspected Henry of being the perpetrator. Also, Gia has not been the first person claiming to be his daughter leading to Henry’s distrust.

Missing Child” is an independent film and you can tell by the quality of the production. It’s missing a little bit of the polish of the big studio productions. The acting by the three leads is fine but clunky at times. The lead, Kristen Ruhlin, who plays Gia does an admirable job playing an adult-abuse victim. As an adult, there is strength in her character, along with a level of fear and dissociation built over time.

The story, on the other hand, does what a thriller should do. It takes an idyllic situation and gives you the feeling that something is just not right, and all your main characters have secrets. “Missing Child” walks you down a path that slowly but surely, falls apart on you by the end. As with most stories involving adult children of abuse, trouble always seems to follow the victims.

If you have the opportunity, check out “Missing Child” as it rounds the festival circuit. The next Southern California screening will be at Dances With Films on Thursday, June 5th at 2:45 pm at the Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.