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Wonka WRapper Candy-Inspired Beatmaking is Here (w/Video)

Wonka WRapper Candy-Inspired Beatmaking is Here (w/Video)

If you love music as much as we do here at The Film Nest then it’s natural you might want to check out this cool music making app of sorts. This is a video from candy maker Wonka that you need to see. The video stars Mr. Mariah Carey, actor and overall talent extraordinaire, DJ NC. Yeah, you know, it’s Nick Cannon of Nickelodeon and MTV fame. He’s also the man behind the hit single Gigolo (pre-Mariah). What is he up to now? He’s mixing tracks on the one-of-a-kind beatmaker named the Wonka WRapper, which is powered by imagination and non-stop delicious candy!

Nick understands that candy can make you do crazy things. He even linked to this classic Method Man candy-themed rap right here! This post is sponsored by Wonka and their infamous Wonka beatmaker allows you to create your own music as part of a candy-powered music mix. Check out the video embedded below and then shoot over to to start DJing your own candy-inspired funk. Think hip-hop, gobstop or boom-bap Nerds raps.

If you have a love for WONKA candy (like Sweet Tarts, Gobstoppers, Nerds, etc.) and a computer that is webcam-enabled – you are good to go! So, break out your hip-hop and techno beatmaking skills and unleash that creativity that only the Wonka WRapper can bring out in you! Peace!!

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Check Out the Gillette Odor Shield Sweat for Greatness Contest (w/Videos)

Check Out the Gillette Odor Shield Sweat for Greatness Contest (w/Videos)

The Gillette Odor Sweat Shield for Greatness contest has come down to this. A man inflicted with cerebral palsy. An epileptic who loves the outdoors. A wounded US soldier. What do they all have in common? They are the finalists in the greatness challenge. They are three amazing stories of extraordinary achievement.

Steve Wampler, a man with cerebral palsy, climbed the 3,000 foot face of mountain El Capitan in Yosemite National Park by doing roughly 20,000 pull ups on an aluminum pulley, over 6 days. He has formed the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation for those inflicted with cerebral palsy and tells his incredible story below.

Joe Beimfohr is a soldier who was injured in Iraq by a wired IUD detonation. For 8 long days, he was placed in a medical coma. Despite losing his legs, he is now a competitive hand cyclist. He has competed in the New York and Chicago marathons as part of the Achilles International Freedom Team.

Colorado’s 23-year old John Olson an epileptic who has had seizures since he was 4 years old. He scales mountains called “fourteeners,” which are mountains that are 14,000 feet tall! John has climbed 8 of the more than 50 of these fourteeners which exist, to this point. He soon hopes to conquer the Mt. Saint Helens volcanic mountain. He works with the National Epilepsy Foundation.

All men have overcome their disabilities to achieve greatness. They have excelled in competition and strived to get the most out of life. Their videos help tell portions of their stories. While they are all winners, only one can win the contest. Check out the videos below and head on over to to vote for your favorite. May the most incredible achievement of all win! Thanks for watching and don’t forget to vote! Enjoy!

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FX’s Upcoming TV Show “Untitled Jersey City Project” (w/Trailer)

FX’s Upcoming TV Show “Untitled Jersey City Project” (w/Trailer)

Hey, everyone. It’s time to switch it up and look at the small screen for a second, to let you know about a much-anticipated new TV show on FX called the Untitled Jersey City Project. This post is sponsored by Audi and FX and one of the unique things about the 8-part short form series is that many of the brand new Audi vehicles will be featured in the series. But it’s not just for gearheads.

If that wasn’t cool enough, the series features a completely unique concept in television design – it’s an entirely made in progress TV drama. Do you remember the books called “Mad Libs” where you can change the story by filling in different words? Yeah, it sounds kind of like that. This might just be the future of television. TV writers, and I know there are some of you following along, take note of this series and how it is done, you might just learn how you’ll have to write in the future. Creativity, my friends!

Oh, about the show – Frank is a good looking, New York architect, who along with his partner, lands a dream gig designing a stadium in Jersey City across the pond. However, a messy power developer, rivals with conflicting interest, an attractive and nosy reporter, they all might make this dream set up a nightmare. Nothing is what it seems and things may not always resolve the way you expect. That’s all part of the fun in this different concept. Hence, the “Untitled” word in the project’s title – get it?

Take a look at the trailer below, and try to deny that you’re not at least…intrigued. Sex, drama, money and murder(?), all presented in the top-notch fashion that you can expect from a series on FX. We’re there.

BTW, if you are an Audi fan or simply in the search for a new car, take a look at the new Audi’s hitting dealerships soon. Shameless plug (no, not when it’s true!), but don’t you have to love the new A5? I’m digging their redesign. I’m thinking of dumping my 2nd Beamer for one, so I’m off to test drive soon. See you on the streets!

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In Mid 2011, The Rake’s 2010 Film Rankings List

In Mid 2011, The Rake’s 2010 Film Rankings List

Timely as it might seem, this post is long overdue. The delay of putting together a complete list of 2010 films, in order of preference, is largely due to not being able to see all of the movies that were worthy of making this list (primarily a few award contenders) by the start of the year. As I have said in year’s past, these lists are difficult to put together in a true order due to various factors. Time, experience, viewing environment, viewing pleasure, mixture of genres, outside influences, all of these can start to play with someone’s mind while compiling such a list. Nevertheless, here is a list of the best movies of 2010, as well as the worst of the year, from top to bottom, that I have seen. I peppered some of the list with comments here and there, so thanks for reading and chime in with your thoughts if you feel so compelled. You can of course rehash our 3rd Annual Platinum Nest Awards for award winners if you so choose as well.


The only truly transcendent film of the year and the best film I have seen in half a decade. Holds up to multiple viewings. Complete ingenuity and creativity which pushed the boundaries of what a blockbuster can be. Hollywood should take note.

The Fighter

The Town

Shutter Island

The Social Network

Never Let Me Go

An underrated little gem that was beautiful and poetic. Tragic, but with heart.

True Grit

Black Swan

Green Zone

I’m Still Here

A classic roasting of the media. Hilarious in a lot of ways, regardless of the questions about its motivation and who was in on it. Joaquin Phoenix is a genius for pulling this off as far as I am concerned.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Another great movie that asks some excellent questions about art, celebrity and the world’s denizens response to, and acting as, copycats.

The King’s Speech


The latest from Amelie director is a worthy follow up to that now classic French romantic comedy.

Jack Goes Boating

The Ghost Writer

Solitary Man

Get Low

Animal Kingdom

After The Last Round

Harry Brown

Drug dealer smokes crack from tip of a gun. One of the best acting scenes of the year.

Blue Valentine

Youth In Revolt

Knight and Day


The Company Men

Kind of only scratched the surface of what it could have been, but still displayed the dramatic realities for some who have been affected by this era’s depression/recession.


Experimental, but a little boring ultimately. A tough task to shoot a whole film in a coffin, so it gets marks for its creative attempt.


Get Him to the Greek



A half brilliant movie that ends too soon. This tells (half) the tale of a sick, sordid life for tragically sheltered kids. Breaks off just when it could have gotten real, real interesting.

Rabbit Hole

Book of Eli

Iron Man 2


Brooklyn’s Finest


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

A music video turned into a film. Visually impressive.

Edge of Darkness

The American

127 Hours


Lacked punch. More of a sad, pathetic tale than a thriller which it was billed as.

Nice Guy Johnny

Supposedly made for $25,000, Ed Burns is going independent all the way as a filmmaker here.


The Other Guys



The Next Three Days

The Bounty Hunter

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

The Losers

Love & Other Drugs

The A-Team

Alice In Wonderland

Hot Tub Time Machine

“Are you crying?” “Nah, baby. Some water just splashed in my eyes from all the f*ckin.” Only real worthy moment in the film.

Eat Pray Love


The Expendables

The Wolfman

A movie that sounded great when it was announced almost 3 years ago. Benicio delToro in the lead role? Nice. Oh, but what a tragically lame movie.

Cop Out


Easily the worst experience at the movies of the year and one of the worst I can remember seeing in a theater in recent years. Such a let down. Slow, plodding, highly uninteresting and with one of my favorite actors (Matt Damon) and respected directors (Clint Eastwood) to boot. What more can I say?

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Cedar Rapids Movie Review Starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly

Cedar Rapids Movie Review Starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly

Director Miguel Arteta’s Cedar Rapids Movie Review – Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Anne Heche

The title for the film Cedar Rapids (movie trailer) makes it sound like a potentially wild, rafting movie, until you look at a map and realize it is instead based on the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Here, Cedar Rapids serves as a big, intimidating locale for Tim Lippe, a middle-aged, small town insurance salesman, who has never even been on a plane before. A yearly insurance convention, the AMSI, is the reason for the gathering and Tim’s boss desperately wants him to win the prestigious 2-diamond award for their tiny Brown Valley insurance company.

Tim is portrayed by Ed Helms, who prior to this I have seen in one film role ever, via 2009’s The Hangover. He plays the exact type of character one would expect, a semi-single, lonely, straight arrow with nothing but good intentions in his heart. Tim has been thrust into the role of representing the agency after the sudden death of a colleague. Once Tim arrives at the convention, conventional hi-jinks ensue.

While Tim is treating the AMSI as a serious business trip, convention veterans from other insurance companies come to whoop-it-up and let loose, to escape their lives for a few days. At the convention we meet Dean “Deanzie” Ziegler, Ronald Wilkes and Joan Fox. The plot essentially revolves around the veteran outlandish trio taking conservative Tim under their wing to show him the ropes of the convention.

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Ann Heche's Joan sees something in Ed Helms's Tim in the comedy Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar Rapids Cast Has Palpable Chemistry in this Broad Comedy

Tim eventually loosens up with the help of John C. Reilly’s Deanzie, who serves as the primary source of comedy, with his loud, brash, endearing and interfering ways. Isiah Whitlock Jr., best known for his role in the hit cop-crime drama “The Wire,” plays the sexually ambiguous Ronald, with a wink-wink to the audience and serves as a good yin to Deanzie’s yang. Anne Heche’s Joan brings the foursome together while naturally engaging in some sexual fun with Tim. All the characters bring their own baggage to the convention, with the possibility of seeing it disappear. Mix in a hooker with a heart, some untold truths about the 2-diamond award and the story can find its legs.

If you couldn’t tell, Cedar Rapids is primarily a fish out of water, coming-of-age story with morality undertones, which works well enough. It’s a tale we’ve seen a thousand times before, but it still has its endearing moments. Director Miguel Arteta (Star Maps, Youth In Revolt) lets the actors serve the story without interfering with any technical camera tricks. What makes the film work is the general realism of the situations the characters find themselves in, even if their way out of those situations might not be common.

Rapids will surprise no one but it has a few laughs and the cast generates enough chemistry to propel the film forward towards its completely expected climax. Despite the lack of thrills, you can’t help but root for Tim, and it’s to Helm’s credit and a pretty smart script by first-time big screen scribe Phil Johnston, that it all holds together. Supporting players like Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root and Rob Corddry are welcome additions. Tim’s journey wouldn’t be complete without them.

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Watch 5 Minutes of Banksy & M.B.W.’s Oscar Nominated Documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop

Watch 5 Minutes of Banksy & M.B.W.’s Oscar Nominated Documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop

Watch the First 5 Minutes of Banksy’s Oscar Nominated Documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop

Warning: Possible spoilers in this post.

Banksy is MBW, that is the biggest rumor percolating about one of the films with the most Oscar heat right now, infamous street artist Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop documentary, a movie he directed and “starred” in. I say starred in, because there are all sorts of rumors flying around about this film, a simple google search for “banksy exit through the gift shop” or “banksy and mbw” will turn up all sorts of information and theories.

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This Banksy Oscar art may be the work of MBW, who may be Banksy.

In brief, the film was supposed to originally be about the infamous street artist Banksy but was flipped by Banksy as he decided to direct Theirry Gueta who ultimately becomes rich and famous street artist Mr. Brainwash, aka MBW. So the main theory is that Banksy is Mr. Brainwash and that the whole doc was an opportunity for Banksy to gain more exposure, without exposing himself…since he never reveals himself. You need to see the film for yourself to make a decision on your own. Knowing that these are possibilities shouldn’t truly ruin the film for you, since it hasn’t been proven, and there is still a lot to see. Shepard Fairey, the man who created the Obey clothing line and the famous Hope poster for President Obama is a key contributor to the project as well. Enjoy the first five minutes in hopes of whetting your appetite for one of the best films of 2010. For facebook fans, you can check out Mr Brainwash’s page here…

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The Film Nest’s 3rd Annual Platinum Nest Movie Awards 2010

The Film Nest’s 3rd Annual Platinum Nest Movie Awards 2010

This is the third year that annual movie awards have been given out here at The Film Nest, and I think this year had the best overall top picture of any that we’ve had in that time period. You can see the 1st Annual Platinum Nest Movie Awards here and the 2nd Annual Awards here (from last year). For past lists of all the movies I’ve seen released since 2006 (give or take a few), you can visit the Film Rankings link in the sidebar. This year, the voting was left up to me, myself and I, so without further ado, here you go. Let me know what you think. (Note: I reserve the right to amend the list based on a few movies from 2010 that I have yet to see. Those would theoretically be seen within the next few weeks if they are to change any of my picks – perhaps unlikely, but maybe).

3rd Annual The Film Nest Awards

Best Picture


Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix – I’m Still Here / Leonardo DiCaprio – Shutter Island

Best Actress

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Best Doc or Mockumentary

Exit Through The Gift Shop/I’m Still Here

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Best Foreign Film


Movie You Missed But Shouldn’t Have

Harry Brown

Most Underrated Movie

Never Let Me Go

Most Overrated Movie


Worst Movie


Top 5 Movies


The Fighter

The Town

Shutter Island

The Social Network

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David O. Russell’s The Fighter Movie Review

David O. Russell’s The Fighter Movie Review

As a boxing fan, director David O. Russell’s new movie The Fighter has long been one of my most anticipated screenings at the cinema this year. The story, based on real life events surrounding boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his crazy family, was one of the more compelling that film’s had to offer in 2010. The film is more drama than action, but is both riveting and wild. Upon viewing the movie, it is easy to say it is one of the top films released this year.

Mark Wahlberg stars as Ward, the boxing warrior who (in the film) is a bit down on his luck, drives a beat up vehicle and is attached to one of the craziest film families we’ve seen since the brief glimpse we got at Brad Pitt’s gypsy family in Snatch. Mickey’s brother Dicky Eklund is a crack addict and former local boxing legend himself, and Christian Bale breathes more life into the character than Dicky inhales crack smoke. And yes, that is saying something. Meanwhile, Ward’s mother Alice is acting as a fight manager to Mickey, while being in constant denial over Dicky’s issues. Dicky has an HBO film crew following him around which only serves to add to his thoughts of local heroism, but he believes it to be more about his boxing prowess (he knocked down the famous “Sugar” Ray Leonard once) than his crack addiction. It’s not.

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Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale play brothers in The Fighter.

One night, Mickey’s father-in-law sets him up with educated bartender Charlene (Amy Adams), who eventually becomes Ward’s girlfriend. To say that his family accepts Charlene with open arms would be a monumental lie. Ward’s five sisters are ready to brawl at a moment’s notice and every family scene is riveted with heavy doses of the exciting unknown. Ward is trying to get his shot at boxing glory and win a title, but with all the drama going on around him, his training suffers and he takes fights that he shouldn’t. He needs to get his life, in the ring and out of it, on track.

The Fighter boasts some incredible acting, primarily from Bale, who in my estimation is a shoo-in for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar award. He’s captivating from the very first frame of film that O. Russell shoots; long gone is the superhero he is known for and in his place is a transformed actor at the peak of his craft. Wahlberg is solid, not showy; Adams, brazen and bold, and Melissa Leo as Ward’s mother is insanely noteworthy as well. O. Russell doesn’t add tons of visual flair to the proceedings but his lighting is superb and the fight portions of the film feel like a real boxing broadcast. Great work by his cast and crew here.

It’s been said that this film boasts some of the most realistic boxing ever captured on celluloid. It seems that critics are quick to point this out in almost any new boxing film of quality that comes along. Clint Eastwood’s brilliant Million Dollar Baby and Michael Mann’s Ali come to mind. After The Last Round this is not, but the action (though fairly limited) is quality and Wahlberg sports a striking resemblance to the real life Ward in the ring; hair sweaty and body chiseled.

The Fighter is a special story, not about boxing as much as family, but one that captivates from frame one and doesn’t let go. Based on a true story, this is one that should be seen by all fans of film and sport. It’s a surprising holiday movie that is sure to become a major awards contender as well. Like a comeback that Ward would have made in the ring, I like it’s chances.

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