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(Michael Parsons) DC Filmdom review on Anthony Greene’s Crime-Thriller “THICK” 3.5/5 Stars

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ON MAY 29 | IN MOVIE REVIEWS | BY MICHAEL PARSONS | WITH NO COMMENTS

SUMMARY:

3 ½ out of 5 stars

“The only thing that ever got in crime’s way were the criminals”.

Stone-faced crime boss Theresa James (R & B artist/actress Tia Dae) delivers a lengthy allocution on criminal behavior to Marcell (Dominique Spencer), an underling who has unknowingly been caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Her words are wise, even poetic, though it seems like an awful lot of wisdom (and creativity) to waste on someone who’s about to get waxed. “Welcome to your future,” she says as he meets his demise.

thickIt’s to be expected, I suppose. These guys never seem to pick up on insinuation, even when they know they’ve messed up (an exception would be the guy from “Lethal Weapon 2” who wanted to make sure he wasn’t standing on plastic when summoned into the boss’s office). And almost invariably, the turgid speech that precedes their punishment serves only to emphasize the unhealthy ego of the speaker – often an overblown or cartoonish villain with little substance to their words.

If “Thick” starts off looking a touch self-important, it quickly finds its equilibrium within the stage-worthy performances and a script that has something to say. Dae’s monotone Theresa is less sinister than pragmatic, possibly a metaphor for the country’s pre-occupation with work and financial stress, among other things. She fits the bill as the steely-eyed crime boss, virtually disconnected from anything that might distract her or expose a weakness. Her position, as we see, is a precarious one, and somewhere beneath the virtually expressionless demeanor lies a deep-seated paranoia, which bubbles over when her wife Roni (Pascale Piquion) shows even the slightest hint of independence.

The film is part “The L Word”, part “King of New York”, and Dae’s character, who is both protagonist and antagonist, owes a little something to Christopher Walken’s Frank White, who occasionally liked to unload his intellectual side on a disloyal employee or two before burying them with their betrayal money. But this ain’t the ’80s, and a relatively meager $500,000 in “get out” money stashed in Theresa’s house suggests that times are tough, even for less legitimate business enterprises.

Scheming employees, dirty cops, and a deteriorating personal life are part of this nasty equation. Trusted advisor “Lefty” Eggleston (Ronald Benson-El) plots to take over the empire while assassin Nina (Chaseedaw Giles) plans to run off with Roni , with whom she’s been having an affair. And the crooked detectives in Theresa’s pocket (Caleb Jackson and Mick McGuire) are looking for an early out, and a hefty retirement package to boot.

It might sound like it’s gearing up for a finale like “True Romance”, but “Thick” is definitely more chess match than bloodbath. The characters, though, are no less cut-throat than in more violent contemporary urban crime dramas. Save a few requisite executions, which are carried out in shadowy Washington, DC area settings like a sewer tunnel or in the back seat of a car, we mostly watch our characters manipulating their way to what they want. Local writer/directors Cheryl Brown and Anthony M. Greene (“The Henchman’s War”) have crafted something that looks like a CliffsNotes for an HBO drama series, tightly cinched in a 70-minute package. The micro-budgeted “Thick” covers a lot of ground while never appearing overly ambitious, with fine editing by Omar Juarez (who is also the cinematographer) and Manuel Santos. There are many earmarks of a great crime saga here, and it will be interesting to see if Brown and Greene revisit the material.

about the author: michael parsons

Husband. Father. Ex-salesperson. Movie nut. After pestering my parents for their commentary on “Star Wars” when I was four years old, my mind went into a creative frenzy. I’d imagined something entirely different than the actual film, which I didn’t end up seeing until its 1979 re-release at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. This was my formal introduction to the cinema. During that long wait, which felt like an eternity to a child, my mind was being molded by more corrosive stuff like “Trilogy of Terror” and “Rosemary’s Baby”, most of which I’d conned various babysitters into letting me watch on television ( I convinced one poor lady that “Jaws” was actually “Moby Dick”). The folks were pretty strict in that regard, so the less appropriate it was for a kid to watch, the more I was fascinated by it. Horror staples like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th”, as well as lesser-known low-budget fare like “Madman”, “Sleepaway Camp” and “Pieces” all ended up sneaking their way into the VHS on a regular basis. Since then, I’ve developed an obsession with the entire film industry. Even though I watch and review a wide breadth of films these days, my appreciation for the campy, poorly lit micro-budgeters still lends itself to my evolving perspective on movies just as much as the summer blockbusters and Oscar contenders. As I recall my trips to the movie theater, I realize that this stuff is about much more than just a fleeting piece of entertainment. A couple years ago, I was finally given the opportunity to lend my opinion on films to a publication, The Rogers Revue, with a subsequent run at Reel Film News. It’s been both a privilege and a gateway to what we’re doing now. Most of my experience has come from interviewing independent filmmakers, who consistently promote innovation. The filmmaking process is grueling and relatively unforgiving. Fellow film enthusiast Eddie Pasa and I have created DC Filmdom as a medium for film reviews, discussion, and (inevitably) some debate. And so, the creative frenzy continues. (Michael is a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association).
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Latest news regarding Anthony Greene’s feature length Crime-Thriller “Thick”

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Hey guys
I really gotta make updating this a priority BUT I am here to play catchup. Now the last time we spoke, Anthony Greene’sTHICK” had already screened I believe twice … BUT here is some news for you … THICK since then has screened 2 more times! Again in Washington, D.C at Busboys and Poets (dope ass spot) and we brought it to screen in my hometown, Baltimore, M.D at the Landmark Theater, downtown HarborEast! It was a sold-out crowd in DC & and a sizable one at the Baltimore screening!
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Busboys and Poets
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Landmark Theater

As far as whats next for “THICK” … you’ll just have to stay tuned ! But as always thank you everyone for your time and support on this fantastic production. I have attended every screening for the film and the response has been phenomenal! We cannot thank you enough!

And if you haven’t seen the trailer you can check it out below. In the film I play the role of “Marcel”. Also check out the “Skyrocket Productions” film page for updates pertaining to “THICK” and other productions out of their camp https://www.facebook.com/SkyrocketProductions .

THICK Trailer 2014

*Update* Awards! “Untitled: The Series?”

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LA Web Series Fest 2014

Hey guys! Long time no see but Ima make these updates short and sweet! The web series “Untitled: The Series?” was submitted into the #LAWebfest and came back with 6 WINS! The series received awards for the following categories: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Guest Actress, and Outstanding Guest Actress. In the series you can see me playing the role of “Shawn”. Watch episodes here at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuU0pEQPxdd61igpIax4mxA

As always #staytuned for updates regarding this production! And thank you for your time and support as it is greatly appreciated!

Alternative Theatrical Poster for Anthony Greene’s Crime-Thriller “Thick”

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Hello everyone,
Above is the alternative Theatrical Poster for Anthony Greene’s Feature length Crime-Thriller “Thick“. In the film I play the role of “Marcell”. As always #Staytuned for updates regarding this production. Also, if you havent already like the production company’s Official Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/SkyrocketProductions. Not to mention if you havent already “Like” my Facebook page as well at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actor-Dominique-Antonio-Spencer/104852579588294 . Thank you everyone for your time and support!
#Blessed
#teamDAS

#FestivalUpdates: Untitled: the Series

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Hello and goodevening everyone ,
I am proud to announce that the webseries #UntitledtheSeries, brought to you by the ladies at Purple Shamrock Media has been accepted into the “Houston Comedy Fest” (February), The “LA Web Fest” (March), and will also screen at the Women in Film Festival in Baltimore in March as well! We are still awaiting answers from other festivals as well. In the series I play the role of “Shawn”.

All I can ask is that you wish us luck as we keep trekking forward on our journey! If you havent seen any of the episodes of the webseries yet, you can do so here at the production company’s youtube page at: http://www.youtube.com/user/purpleshamrockmedia?feature=watch

Be sure to check the official Facebook page for Purple Shamrock Media at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Shamrock-Media/218354404918694 as well as my blog at: http://www.actordas.wordpress.com for updates regarding this production !

Thanks guy for your time and support !
#Blessed
#teamDAS

The Webseries “When Life Gives You Lemons” Official KickStarter Campaign is Up and Running !

Hello everyone,
Above you can watch the Official Kickstarter campaign video for Don Barzegelli’s Webseries: When Life Gives You Lemons ! In this video you can see our vision for the series, whos involved, and what we need from you guys !

Here is a quick synopsis of the series:

This tale will take audience members on a comedic, action-packed adventure with Lou, Zip and various other “characters” met along the way. When Life gives you lemons follows the uncanny lives of two fellas dealing Lemonade, Lou and Zip. After the Local Drug Kingpin leaves on business Lou must fill his shoes, and watch this kingpin’s block.Lou reacquaints himself with the grungy, grimy dangerous game of hustling lemonade and faces everyday problems similar to that of the modern day drug cartel. Lou is suddenly plunged into a world of conflicts from the dilemma of being controlled by a powerful hierarchy, to chasing down his boss’s schizo sister. Meanwhile Zip’s devastating past as an addict constantly haunts him, as he struggles to adapt to this new environment; and to top it off an elite group of Federal gun yielding FDA agents start to track the cartel’s every move, and will stop at nothing to end this Sinister Syndicate! In the series I will be playing in the recurring role of “Eric”.

** This project contains mild violence, suggestive sexual content, suggestive drug use, and mild language. **

For more information regarding this webseries PLEASE visit the link to the series’ Kickstarter page at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1561809136/when-life-gives-you-lemons Here you can see EVERYTHING ! We REALLY NEED YOUR HELP GUYS TO GET THIS SERIES UP AND RUNNING ! Thank you for your time guys !

You can also check out the teaser trailer for the series below as well:

“When Life Gives You Lemons” Teaser Trailer


-Blessed
Dominique Antonio Spencer
#teamDAS