What Up Yo.
So this site exists for a few different reasons.
The most important of which is that it serves to mirror my master brainchild…
Or for short.
“OK…it breaks down like this…”
– “Pulp Fiction”
The urge to scream movie lines out to people started as soon as I got my first email account.
Back in the early 2000’s, things were very different on the virtual landscape then they are now. Not everyone had a computer, or an email, or a way to communicate via the virtual world. There was AOL. there were multiple internet search engines. Back then, I would lay down a suppressing fire of emails laden with film, TV & movie quotes.
Mind you this was to my family and my friends.
Most emails would be ignored, some would write me back irritated.
I would send out an email at 2AM to everyone in my contact list that simply stated:
“I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower, makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her and
long December…but there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.”
Or I would send out:
“The things you own, end up owning you.”
“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself.
Choose your future.
So…it was fun.
But not everyone enjoyed my turrets like compulsion and emailing Aunt Linda lines from films about heroin addicts wasn’t a great idea.
I get on Facebook. Don’t remember when. There I moved on from email to status updates.
I was now irritating friends and family…getting blocked and ignored by a mess of them.
But I couldn’t stop.
I wouldn’t stop.
I never will stop.
What the hell else am I going to do with all these movie tv and music references…banging around in my head like pinballs?
Keep them to myself?
“GIVE ME A FUCKING ANSWER!!!!”
– Christian Bale
I move onto Twitter, better luck there. Moving away from the people I knew and entering the world of Twitter where I could communicate with like-minded maniacs around the entire planet proved to be a good move for me and VoicesFILM.
But the 140 character thing started to get on my nerves. I also noticed that best film accounts on Twitter had a webpage base to them. This got me thinking:
“Maybe I need to have a website? A mountain to scream from…”
But that seemed like a daunting task. I knew computers…but not how to run a website.
“What do I know about the restaurant business? All I know is how to sit down and order a meal… I don’t know how to make a restaurant.”
Things had gotten a little hairy in the matrix, and I was looking for the white rabbit.
Not sure how, angels I reckon, something leads me to godaddy.com one afternoon.
I find myself searching domain names and I discovered that “VoicesFILM.com” is available.
It was a sign.
Grab it now.
I bought it.
I go to WordPress and start up a blog, then pay extra money to give it a name:
Welcome to Fight Club.”
All was excellent… for a week.
I decide to making some aesthetic changes to the site. I wanted to customize fonts.
Ok. $100.00 bucks.
Then I want to have my film posts display full movie posters as the featured image.
Each themes I choose either cut the image in half or did something I didn’t like.
I end up changing themes like 30 times, but in order to customize them, I now have to spend more money.
WHAT THE FUCK!!
So I buy a theme. Fine. It’s nice. But I can’t customize it. I write the author. He doesn’t know how to get it to display portrait sized posters. The author.
The author of the theme.
I want to post a video with
Alfonso Cuarón discussing the Dolby Atmos sound in “Gravity”.
I would write the post,
Include the embed code for the video.
Check it on the site,
The post is there.
The video was stripped out of it.
I want to punch someone in the throat.
Turns out I was posting from a site that wasn’t YouTube or Vimeo, and WordPress.com didn’t allow this.
But when I would visit other sites, they could post from anywhere.
I soon learned the difference between a WordPress.com blog,
and a self hosted WordPress blog.
If you went with a self hosted site, there were no rules or limits. You were in charge.
You could post videos from anywhere.
You could pick a theme from a database of thousands upon thousands of themes…that were all free…
all customizable to your hearts content.
You could install plug-ins, widgets…anything.
You should have some computer knowledge and be comfortable working with websites, but as long as you were willing to learn…it wasn’t difficult.
I was in. Get me the fuck out of here.
I was going to tackle this thing head on.
I went to BlueHost.com, I rented shared-server space.
Then I Installed WordPress.
I went and removed the “VoicesFILM.com” domain name from my WordPress.com site and brought it over to BlueHost.
I copied the 20 posts I had over to my new site…
And VoicesFILM.com was launched in October, 2013.
Then I went back to WordPress.com,
confident and cocky…
and in an act of defiance against no one, I deleted my old account and site.
Now, what I didn’t realize was that the great WordPress.com community would no longer be available to me.
That function didn’t carry over to self hosted sites, and by deleting my WordPress.com account…it severed my connection with the WordPress.com community.
Now I was no longer able to broadcast and be a part of the fantastic WordPress.com blogging community.
I would learn later that many did exactly what I did only to find out later that by deleting the account, there was no way to get their followers back. Luckily I only had 25 followers at that time, but some people had thousands of followers and lost them all.
It simply isn’t well documented anywhere that you will lose this functionality, because of the WordPress name…assumptions are made.
Hopefully I’m helping someone by posting my experience before they loose all their followers. Be warned.
I would now need to run two sites, but the more VoicesFILM in the world the better…I mean let’s be honest.
” I remember a time of chaos, ruined dreams…this wasted land.
But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior.
The man we called Max.”
- “The Road Warrior”
“Hi.I’m Shelly’s new boyfriend and I’m out of my mind. “
- “Sin City”
Hi. my name is Wes and I’m a film and TV addict.
Hi my name is Wes. I’m a Scorpio and I enjoy Cinema, Television, Music & High-Octane Gasoline.
“Ladies and Gentleman…
Boys and girls…
Dying times here…”
- “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”
VoicesFILM exists because I needed an outlet. A mountain to yell from.
I’m passionate about what I love.
And I love film, television…visual storytelling.
If your thinking “oh…I like TV, “Friends” is the bestest!!”
you’re in the wrong place.
No episodic weekly shows here.
We celebrate Long-format storytelling. One large story, broken into chapters that are revealed to us weekly.
Shows like HBO’s “Rome”…
Or “Game Of Thrones”…
Or Cinemax’s “Banshee”…
Ohh the music.
I grew up along with my brother Derek on MTV when they used to play videos. Have a deep love and respect for the artform.
And film posters, one-sheets…UK Quads…
You’ll find them here, always in high quality.
“OOOOOOOOOOO Henry Higgens!!”
- “My Fair Lady”
I’ll always try to find the cleanest, highest quality trailers for you here.
Now I should also like to mention that I am building an army.
You read right.
“To what end? In Tyler We Trust.”
- “Fight Club”
There’s a sign up page somewhere on this site. Still trying to work it out, but I reckon if you want to join up, be heard, be a VoicesFILM soldier as it were, Well then…
“I offer you this gift. These two droids. Both are hard working and will serve you well.”
- “Return Of The Jedi”
We have a few commanders here to lead the charges, train the troops and they bring their own select blends of gasoline to make sure the fires burn bright.
“I’ll light the biggest fire the north has ever seen!!!”
- “Game Of Thrones”
The first commander to join up and take charge was Dan Buffa, AKA…
Intelligent, passionate, gifted and a fellow high-octane gasoline addict. His contributions to the cause are invaluable.
Then, there’s Duke.
Conversations composed of solely movie dialogue.
Arguments are fierce and settled moments after they begin.
Brothers in arms.
There are friends,
And then there are the guys you can call at 4am,
And wether you need to talk,
Or you need an axe, garbage bags and duct tape…
Duke is that guy to me.
“…One of Gods own prototypes. Some kind of high-powered mutant never even considered for mass production.”
- Hunter S. Thompson
“Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”
From Duke you get whatever the hell he wants to give you.
“You don’t like Beethoven.”
- “The Professional”
It’s the classics he loves. He offers a celebration of the jewels from the past. The forgotten films, the unmarked graves, the unknown soldiers. The films from yesterday that should never be forgotten.
Finally, there’s my brother Derek.
Derek’s taste is eclectic like my own…but what he loves, he loves fiercely. A sports fanatic unlike any you’ve met before. His introduction to the troops will be a comprehensive look at his 10 favorite baseball films of all time…and why they are exceptional. Keep an eye out. What of it I have read so far is supernuts. And in true VoicesFILM fashion, I guarantee you can’t guess his pix.
We make up the lieutenants circle here.
The platoon leaders.
“SECURE THAT SHIT HUDSON!!!”
The Gunnery Sargent Hartman’s.
Commanding an elite division of soldiers to take on the established & corrupt Hollywood order.
- HBO “Rome”
In all honesty, we thank you for stopping by and hope we entertain you. Hope you enjoy your time here.
Hope you return frequently.
I can’t promise you that we will be like the other sites out there.
You won’t find the same headlines from the trades that you’ll find on 30 other film and tv sites here.
You won’t necessarily find the latest movie reviews,
updates on the newest episode of your favorite television series,
an article that exists simply to slam someone else’s efforts.
I can’t promise you will find those things here…
What I can promise you?
“Gas! Fuel! Gasoline! Thousands of gallons of it! As much as you want!”
“Miles from here! Pumping it, they are! Refining! A huge tanker full.”
“No, it’s true! lt’s not self-service, no. lt’s too hard for me, but a man of your ingenuity…”
- “The Road Warrior”
- “Pump Up The Volume”