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About tlyoung88

Tony Young (T. L. Young) graduated from the University of Hawaii. He won the 1995 Kumu Kahua Playwriting Award for Division One, One Acts. He is working on a series of naturist videos. Tony is also the co-writer, producer and host of the InArtMedia Original Interview Series and Shows which produces original content of interviews and event happenings as an "Arts and Entertainment News Network" online.

New trailer for “Micky’s Summer Resort”

Micky’s Summer Resort, coming soon

This new trailer just dropped for my feature film, “Micky’s Summer Resort.”

Though I’ve written several films for Cineridge and produced my own shorts, this film began production in 2007, so it’s very much my first feature.

It makes a statement about the themes of hypocrisy and paranoia and after touring the festival circuits we are looking to secure distribution.

 

More on this soon.

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Incels and the Friend Zone

I share this video Jackie Claxton and the Friendzone Demon because involuntary celibacy was a major theme in every poem, stage play and screenplay I ever wrote between 1994 to 2007. One play even won me a Kumu Kahua award. It’s in my for hire work, like “Soap Girl” and even “American Nudist” but because of production interference, no one ever knew.

But NOWHERE have I ever blamed women for causing the violence that has been enacted upon them. This is an important issue, and the points of views of these “Incels” need to be intelligently discussed.

I’m reminded of my script notes to a play I pitched to Late Night Theater at UHM. (Notes were not submitted) “There comes a time when a boy matures and realizes he isn’t the patient romantic he imagined himself to be.” These incels need to come to that realization.

That being said, Jackie Claxton poses a different question.

What if an Incel used supernatural means to enact his revenge? Is he responsible? Jackie Claxton must make a choice. Smug about the use of “Claxton Force” she uses to dispatch demons and Furies, would she be so nonchalant if she were to use her power to kill a human who sold his soul to those same Furies?

Watch this short film to find out!

Hawaii Superhero gets a darker treatment!

Click here for the trailer.

My take on Jackie Claxton takes the local superhero into darker territory where the stakes are higher. What price does she pay when she wishes for a normal life? Can she use lethal force to deal with a non-demonic entity? And how are the Five Furies involved. Find out in jackie Claxton: Dark Universe on Olelo ch. 53 or this link:

http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=19&clip_id=62577

Nudist films on Amazon Prime

My short film, “Kelly Deerdale:Naturist” has been retitled, “Kelly Deerdale: A Nudist Story” is now available on Amazon Prime. But here’s some inside info.

This film will later be compiled in a nudist film set which will include many nudist classics like “Elysia, Valley of the Nude,” “Garden of Eden” and “Unashamed.”

Admittedly many of these films had to be re-edited to pass censorship on Amazon, but the rules are not clearly defined. Some films are uncut, and some have just the bare bones cropped out . . . okay not literally.

But here’s the deal. If enough curious nudists watch these films, then there is a chance for a demand to upload them uncensored, AND WITH BETTER COVER MODELS.

Due to my own budget restraints, my own poster is lost on a broken hard drive I can’t afford to retreive. And though I have access to models, I will have to coordinate photo shoots with hair and makeup. The advantage is I have the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii to simulate the resorts and look of the films that we are presenting.

So without further ado, please watch or re-watch “Kelly Deerdale: A Nudist Story” and post a review on Amazon or IMDB.com. Click on the link below.

Kelly Deerdale, A Nudist Story–a short film

Naturism is alive and well in Hawaii!

Pictured above are 1000 words on our club.

The Oahu Sun Club admittedly is not a family club but it promotes non-sexual naturism, pool parties and an annual cruise.

Personally, I’ve not met enough naturist families to justify a family nudist club, but there are some individuals interested in promoting such events. The community being what it is, may disagree. Is there anyone out here willing to take that chance? I don’t know. I admit I do miss the family environment.

Going on this cruise was very enlightening for me. I’ve seen skinnydippers along the beach before, but this was the first time with so many people. Most nude beaches I’ve been to have a small population, mostly older Caucasian men. Not so with this club. And the diversity was beautiful. It just occurred to me, I hadn’t really experienced it like this before, and my life is all the richer for it.Oahu Sun Club

Enough with the overrating of Marvel films!

I didn’t grow up with Marvel Comics. I was a DC fan because their characters were more iconic. It was their larger-than-life qualities that inspired me when I was young. I avoided Marvel not because of the quality of their comics, but because of the arrogant, holier-than-thou attitudes of Marvel Comics fans, which dominated fandom in Hawaii.

Flash forward 20 years later, and Marvel Comics has dominated the movie scene, directed by A-List directors whose other films I loved. And I started getting into Marvel . . finally. I also give credit to Robert Downey, Jr. and John Favreau whose improvisational techniques brought new innovation to the genre.

I became a fan of the X-Men films, yes, even the bad ones, and I started loving the new trilogy despite the fact that Havoc joined before Cyclops. I’m not attached to the characters enough to care about continuity.

And in recent years we have Deadpool and later Logan, and all of a sudden Marvel fans are lauding this era as a golden age of comic book cinema, as though this is the next “Citizen Kane” and “Casablanca.”

To quote my best friend in high school whenever I defended my DC favorites, “Bullshit.”

I grew up during the advent of Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” and the launch of DC’s Vertigo line. I’ve seen mature, well rounded characters and innovative, cinematic storytelling techniques devolve into dark, gritty, ultra-violent self-absorbed melodrama. And now I’m seeing the same in modern cinema, and I’m sick and tired of this overrating bullshit. I’ve read enough comics and criticism to know the difference.

I liked “Deadpool,” but all he did was make a bunch of clever wisecracks. These are what we call “parlor tricks,” not enough to make me believe it’s cinematic art.

When he finally offs the villain, I was totally unconvinced he “wouldn’t heal from that.” He didn’t bother explaining it, nor did he try to justify why he did it. You can argue, that was the point. It’s dark humor. Well, I’ve seen better. And it didn’t convince me he wasn’t any better than a super-villain, which he is a parody of in the first place.

As for Logan, another movie I liked and I happen to love dark violent movies. I applauded the scene where she rolls out the decapitated head of on of her would-be assassins. However, there was no character arc for this bad-ass little girl who from all the evidence in the film WAS A PERFECTLY HEALTHY GIRL. Albeit one proficient in defending herself with no qualms whatsoever. This is a strength, and could be a character flaw, but it wasn’t.

She begins the film as a nonverbal character, so you assume she has a form of autism, only to find out she was faking it the whole time. She had been trained to be a killer, but she shows compassion for her nanny and her father, Logan. So there’s clearly no inner conflict. When Logan confronts her about her killing, she replies, “They were bad people.”

And that’s it.

Logan claims she will be haunted by all the men she’d killed.

She never was. She saw no ghosts, heard no voices, nor did the idea that these bad Ravagers or Reavers, whatever, had families of their own. She does what she is trained to do, and the world, this cinematic universe, is better for it.

And on a side note, despite being Mexican, she and her other friends, who were raised in Mexico had no accents.

These friends of hers are supposed to be trained killers too, and that was realized brilliantly in the final battle, but then what? No one’s there to teach them any sort of humanity, so we are left to assume they have none when they are threatened. But they are a family within themselves, so that’s pretty much all they need.

As for Lara/X-23, sure she shows compassion to her father in his final scene (slight spoiler here), but she’s quoting a western she saw. So does she really mean it? We are led to believe she does, but she’s never had any problems expressing herself before.

And then there’s the red shirt deaths of major characters. I don’t even read X-Men, but I felt cheated seeing that.

Overall, it was a good film but not a great one. And I applaud the western take on the story, which felt like a “What If?” story, or “Elseworlds’ story. Something that needs to be done to show non-comic book readers we’re not all power fantasy nerds. We are creative power fantasy nerds.

I would like to compare these films to a DC Comics equivalent, but their films appear to be written by eighth boys who can’t read. Their animated films are good though, and I loved “The Judas Contract.”

I work in indie films, and once in a while I’ll encounter cinema snobs who won’t be caught dead watching a comic book movie. I read their reviews all the time. One even went so far to say that comic book movies are actually “dumbed up” from the source material, because no one can possibly take the funny pages seriously.

I hope that Marvel films will produce something that proves them wrong. But when fans don’t know the difference between gratuitous violence and strong character development, it doesn’t make me feel hopeful.