Jogging Pants

Dear internet friends,

My batteries just died in my Xbox controller and I am too lazy to go fetch some more at the convenience store (apparently not convenient enough). Time for some sweet sweet blog-love, something that I have discovered is becoming harder and harder to sit down and actually do ever since the weather has started co-operating with my demands.

Welcome to the new blog layout!.. Does it make me look fat? I hope so.

Earlier today I found myself schlepping around downtown Halifax in a hoodie and jogging pants (the gross kind with all the wrong stains). The moral of this story is that the pants I wanted to wear are now too tight for my waist, so I said fuck it, and downgraded myself to “jogging pants” status for the afternoon.

Louis CK on getting fat:
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I’m slowly feeling my body change; jiggling in new parts when I move quickly, sweat more when I exert too much energy, or feel my belly warm up when I sit around for too long. I apologize if anyone finds this division of my blog to be exploitative towards the overweight community, but I am simply amazed at the body’s capacity for change with a few extra peanut butter sandwiches and a tub of “The Incredible Bulk”.

Anyways, it’s another beautiful day, I’m off!

Three things to improve your today:

  • Go out and rent JCVD! A phenomenal film that is impossible to describe without having your brain getting fed up with you.
  • Did you know that Gary Oldman played a dwarf in a film called Tiptoes? Neither did I. But here’s the trailer: Amazing.
  • Tonight is the very last Thrillema in Dartmouth! Conan The Barbarian screens at 9:00pm!

Various News

Ten days since my last post?! Absurd!

To remedy this awful blog-maintenance, I hope to please you with a variety of project news…

-Operation Beefcake (quick recap) is my attempt to gain roughly 40 pounds of fat and/or muscle for an upcoming film. As of last Sunday (my last visit to a house with a scale), I am weighing in at 160 pounds, that’s 15 pounds worth of gross that I’ve added since beginning Operation Beefcake just over a month ago!


Special thanks goes to…


Banana shakes fo’ life!

-Thrillema (quick recap) is a group of awesome people who bring 35mm film prints to Dartmouth for the masses to enjoy in an film-viewing experience that can only be matched by pro-wrestling and monster trucks! For those of you who were lucky enough to snag tickets to Jurassic Park at the Thrillema, you saw my ass get eaten by a dinosaur (played by Andy the Handy Alligator)!

April 30th, Thrillema is showing Conan the Barbarian as their last screening in Dartmouth (before moving over to Halifax).


Cory Bowles‘ short film Righteous is set to start shooting the first week of June!

-IMDb has updated my page by adding Phone Whores (2007), the short film I did that was directed by Daniel Gaynor. I’m in the process of re-submitting my proposal to get an IMDb credit for Grindhouse, because Hobo With a Shotgun was attached to the film (in Canada). So if you have an account with IMDb, I ask you do me a solid and submit a credit application for Grindhouse for me. But why? Because it looks good on a resume.

It’s a beautiful day outside, so I’m gonna stop typing now. Have a good one and keep doing it for the lulz.

PS. This is the 100th blog post! Celebrate?

Thrillema + Girlfriend = Article.

My dear ladyfriend Kristin Slaney just wrote an article for The Dalhouse Gazette on Thrillema, which can either be read below or @

Thrillema keeps 35mm alive
Kristin Slaney
Arts Contributor


Local filmmaker Jason Eisener, hosts Thrillema – a cinematic experience for movie lovers. Glen Matthews Photo.

Jason Eisener stands in front of a sold-out audience at a movie theatre in Dartmouth. They have all come to see Jim Henson’s Labyrinth in 35mm format.

“How many cigarettes does David Bowie smoke every day?” Eisener asks the crowd.

A young man in the front row immediately shouts out “fifty”, and then runs to the front to collect his prize.

This is all part of Thrillema, an event that happens once or twice a month at Empire 6 Cinemas on Portland Street. Eisener, a local filmmaker whose short film, Treevenge, was the only Nova Scotian film featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is one of the organizers of Thrillema. Adam Perry, from The Last Game Store and Empire Theatres, also helps to put on the event with Eisener.

It started in October 2008, when Friday the 13th was playing. Since then there have been screenings of Army of Darkness, John Carpenter’s The Thing, My Bloody Valentine, Clockwork Orange, and Robocop. But Thrillema isn’t just a movie screening – it’s an experience complete with trivia, trailers programmed by Eisener, and die-hard movie fans.

Shelley Thompson, who plays the stepmother of Jennifer Connelly’s character in Labyrinth, came out as a special guest to officially introduce the film. Thompson, now residing in Halifax, admitted she had never seen the movie, much to the shock of the crowd, who cheered loudly as soon as she came onscreen during the film.

“The idea kind of comes from Austin, Texas, and the Alamo Drafthouse – seeing how they present movies,” says Eisener, who has had Treevenge and his Hobo with a Shotgun trailer screened at the famous theatre. “They treat showing movies as an art. So they would program really cool trailers to the theme of the movie, or they would have the star of an old movie come in. And they would have someone get up and talk about the movie, or talk about the history of this film. I kind of wanted to bring that sort of feel to Dartmouth.”

Eisener is from Dartmouth, and says he is happy to be hosting the event in the place where he grew up.

“I love this city, and I want to give back to it. If we had Thrillema in Halifax, people think we could do better there, but I don’t know. I think it creates an adventure for some people in Halifax who don’t come to Dartmouth too often,” says Eisener.

The trip to Dartmouth didn’t seem to keep people away from this screening. More than an hour before it was scheduled to start, there were only 65 seats still available in a theatre that holds 287 people. The lineup to get in stretched throughout the lobby.

A few fans even came in costume as characters from the Labyrinth, with one of them fully dressed as Bowie’s character Jareth, spandex and all.

Eisener says 35mm films might not be around for too much longer, so it’s important to get them screened now.

“Soon it’s going to get to the point where everything will be digital. You’re going to see them not making film prints anymore,” he says.

Eisener wants to continue having Thrillema events introduced by big fans of the movies. Matt Amyotte helped Eisener emcee Labyrinth, telling the crowd that he first saw the film when he was three and it’s still his favourite movie. Eisener hopes to find more people like Amyotte.

“If there’s anyone out there who has a superman appreciation for one of these films, or has a suggestion, let us know, and we’ll try to get it. Then they can present the movie and talk about how it affected them growing up.”

The next movie to be featured in Thrillema will be Aliens on March 26, followed by Jurassic Park on April 16. Aliens was one of Eisener’s earliest encounters with genre film.

“I remember coming down the stairs and my parents were watching Aliens, and I snuck down,” says Eisener. “I was looking behind the railing, and it was the scene where Sigourney Weaver dreams about having an alien burst through her chest. That scene came on and I saw that, and I freaked out. I ran upstairs, and didn’t tell my parents. I had trouble sleeping for days. That kind of always stuck with me.”

Tickets are $6.99 plus tax. More info can be found through the Thrillema Facebook group.