Bad Movie Night#1: Mortal Passions

Hello J360 Legion!

It’s J and when I’m not running J360 Productions, I’m often watching movies (especially bad ones!). If you like neo-noir/erotic thrillers like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, Hand that Rocks the cradle, and Disclosure. Well this one wanted to join the same club and it missed the mark in various places due to horrible characterization, a slow uneven plot, and things that make you go “huh?”

Today’s lackluster stallion is called

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I don’t want to upset you but this movie wasn’t that sexy.

Production Info located here and pictures use is courtesy of

Mortal Passions is a story about a man named Todd (Zach Gallagan, Billy from Gremlins) who inherits a mansion from his dead father and resides there to fix it up to live with his wife, Emily (Krista Errickson). Problem is his wife is an arrogant, snobby, whiny, nymphomaniac who pretty much does the opposite of what Sharon Stone does remarkably in Basic Instinct.

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If you’re looking for the plot, here it is.

She has the original idea of killing off Todd so that she can collect the insurance money, apparently Todd is worth more dead than alive and by his acting you’d probably wished he was bumped off. Anyways Todd is going through severe depression due to his father’s death and has to often visit a psychiatrist (Jordan Perry, Villian from Tron) to be convinced that life is worth living. Meanwhile his lovely wife, Emily is scheming and seducing different men to make her plan come together in various laughable ways. A particular lover of hers named Darcy was going to commit the deed and failed miserably by having a few drinks before coming over to do Todd in, causing him to drop the gun (-laugh track-) before Emily found him and the two actors playing the role in this scene try to keep it together but fail… as Emily was corpsing but we’ll skip that part of the review.

After that botched attempt by the devious duo, Todd’s older brother Burke (Some blond guy) comes back into town and plays the role of the family bad ass…Whereas Todd is the good son, Burke would be the one that daddy never hugged. Burke seem to knew what Emily was all about especially with her behavior around Todd and while he was having his hazy depression lapses, Burke was following Emily’s trail. Burke headed to the cocktail bar where she worked, and eventually found where Emily was being intimate with Darcy. Burke & Darcy have that moment in 80s action films where one tries to be more bad-ass then the other but the dialog was so bad I can’t put it in this review. So Burke shot Darcy with his gun and had a bit of perplexed anger, Emily saw this as a moment to seduce and it worked as Burke made “lust” with Emily.

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“You’re my brother’s wife, but I’ll tap it anyways.”

I could’ve turned the channel off but I had to see what happens next.

I was thinking in my head that nothing could be more stupid than this, but I was wrong.

Eventually Burke & Emily hide Darcy’s body, Todd at this point was starting to figure out something was going on and he begins to do something in the plot (Not Much). He finds out that Darcy was his wife’s lover but didn’t know that Darcy is dead. Eventually Todd meets up with a woman who noticed Burke from the bar earlier. She was a friend of Darcy who performs in theater acting and for some reason (probably plot filler) is looking for him. Todd seems better matched for her because in a way she seems to be just as insane as him but after much talk about Darcy’s disappearance, Emily’s strange behavior and Burke’s aggressive methods. The two “slowly” began to put plot pieces together in this movie that are painfully obvious to us as an audience,and I do mean painful.

Todd and the woman managed to dig up Todd’s garden seeing the remains of a body and what appeared to be Darcy down there, leading to a hilarious outbreak of Todd saying “Leave me alone” to the Woman and She runs off screen to nowhere. The next day,Todd spoke with Burke, loosely talking about how Emily & Darcy were trying to kill him. Eventually Todd reveals he knows Burke killed Darcy and Burke replies that he did it for him (blah blah blah).In the end the two brothers were arguing with each other causing a deep rift between them however once Burke learns that Emily wanted to kill Todd as she lied to him too, He prepares to get revenge on her. Meanwhile Todd leaves the mansion and confronts the psychiatrist putting up a very good defensive act at this moment because it is the only good acted scene in this movie.

Back at the estate, Todd reunites with the woman from before who was the only ally to him and she tries to blackmail him about Darcy’s Death while convinces him to tell her to blow off and goes back in the mansion. Meanwhile the psychiatrist confronts Emily to find out the whole truth about Darcy, the foregone fact that she is a nymph,  and why she slept with Burke to stop him from giving her that well delayed whupping she deserved through this whole picture. Once the truth is revealed, the psychiatrist attempts to call the police but is shot death by crazy Emily. You can tell the storyline is weak because at every attempt for karma to get Emily it never happens (character plot armor can be frustrating).

The Six Best Screenwriting Software Options.

Ever have problems finding the right screenwriter software to create your masterpiece?

I’ve been there too, the original program I used wasn’t being updated anymore and to compensate while looking for the next big addition in my bag of tricks, I made a game out of comparing various different programs while creating the screenplay for Hourglass.

This mission helped with the rewriting process and the #1 professional software that comes to every writer’s mind is Final Draft. The problem is that a lot of aspiring/beginning filmmakers and screenwriters may not have the cash for the product.

For instance, Final Draft tends to retail for $249.99 from the main website, and various prices from other stores like I know there is an academic version that can allow me access to how FD functions but sometimes you just want more.

So I stumbled upon a VideoMaker article where they compare the 6 best screenwriting software options.  Feel free to look into it and educate yourself on the different choices that are out there for you.  While the article is a little dated, it is still a fascinating read and could save you in a lot of time in making a decision.

6 Best Screenwriting Software Options

Far as my screenwriting software choice goes I managed to catch Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 on a deal, and the rest is history.

If you need some help to start writing, or formatting your story I recommend looking into these five websites.

  1. The Script Lab
  4. Stage 32 Happy Writers
  5. Drew’s Script-O-Rama (Screenplays to read).

Song of the Day 08/27/16 Saturday Surprise

Hey J360 Legion, We made it to another Saturday didn’t we?

Heh, I know I tend to say never stop the grind but today is a pretty good to just chill out.

So fire up the 80s’ cassette player, we’re going to be listening some New Wave Synth Pop from England called “We came to dance” by UltraVox.

J360 Reconstruction mission 2016-2017

Hello, J360 Legion! I’m preparing the PowerPlay series for its debut next month.

So far I have the systems prepared, and the material lined up with the new introduction.

In a way this 2nd series is being crafted along with the new direction I’m taking the brand. This rebranding  is being done with the other J360 series as well. Everything is in the process of being remade, and fortified just like when we made our move to WordPress. Some series won’t be returning this year but who knows what can happen down the road as we’re move from 2016 into 2017.J360 Series Box Art - JBrady.jpgFar as live presentations, I mentioned in March that we were going to start streaming our game plays on  Unfortunately we ran into some tech problems and scheduling issues, so it was a no-go this spring/summer season. There is hope in this however as we’re working on a format and testing out different functions for the twitch channel.   We’re also going to try to work on more viewer engagement as we get rolling and that includes something for facebook as well.

So you’ll have plenty to look forward to as we experiment with everything but until then we thank you for your patience as we rebuild.

Song of the Day: 08/26/16 Fistful of Friday

Hey J360 Legion!

I’ve received word that there’s a western movie coming to theatres later this year called The Magnificent Seven. In honor of this, we’re going to show some appreciation to the days of the Old West and the adventures that came from the genre.  In a way we’re all kind of wrapped up in our own journeys for a Fistful of Dollars, and are trying to achieve a Few Dollars More.

Plus even though the movie mentioned above is a reboot, it’s still refreshing to see there’s interest in the Western Genre, and it’s getting some press in a world subjected to Super hero over-saturation, and lackluster mainstream summer releases. Jane’s got a Gun did pretty well in the reviews, and maybe a trend could start again for Westerns, So I have high hopes for the film’s success. I’ve heard there’s another movie coming soon called Stage Coach and that particular film isn’t a reboot, it just uses the title of the John Wayne Film.

Ah what a time to be alive, and it’s good to see film variety isn’t dead (for optimism’s sake).

Today’s song will be The Fistful of Dollars theme from the maestro, Ennio Morricone.

Song of the Day: 08/25/16 Thursday Takedown

What’s up people?

It’s time to take down another work day and keep grinding for success.

Today’s track is a perfect song for those of you that are ready to take life by storm as warriors for that money and career.  It was created by an excellent Electro Group called the Prodigy, and believe me it’s a perfect to play in the background as you’re training or writing an intense scene in a script.

The music video is also inspirational too, I can only imagine how many hours of grueling stop motion was put into this.

So the Song of the Day is “Warriors Dance” by The Prodigy

Song of the Day: 08/24/16 Wild Wednesday

That’s right! It’s Wild Wednesday here at the J360 House, and let this song be a reminder that you’re always on an adventure whether you’re going to work, or handling your business.  Your journey and attempts yields great results, you’re doing all of this to get to bigger and better things even if it doesn’t seem like it.

Today’s song comes from the legendary rock band Steppenwolf, and it’s called Born to be Wild!

Song of the Day: 08/23/16 Takeover Tuesday!


Yo Ladies and Gentlemen!

Time to get up and scheme those schemes, we’ve got gold to dig for and dreams to achieve.

Today’s song should be all about getting up and starting a commotion, embrace the grind and keep digging because it’s all we need to do in order to make it, so listen to the Wiseguys and get yourselves in gear.

Liked on YouTube: Robocop theme by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Robocop theme by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Robocop theme done by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. i do not own the music and some of the video.
via YouTube

Song of the Day: 08/22/16 Are You Bad?

Another work week has arrived but hey we won’t get far by hating on Monday, so we’re going to share another song from the Jackson Catalogue.

Are you bad enough to embrace the grind?

Well if not, take a good listen to this and go out there and bring home some winnings.