piling up and a marriage is on the rocks when an out of work man has
to decide to hit the pavement and look for a job. Responding to an advertisement
from a "secret" company looking to hire someone with
skills, this average Joe, fluffs his resume, skills and is now in
the middle of an extraordinary adventure in this feature motion
picture by San Antonio Director Mark Cantu titled "Now
by Mark Cantu and based on a short film with the same name,
follows Joe Martin (played by Jason Sedillo) an unemployed husband
who is looking for work. With unemployment and
unhappiness straining his marriage with his wife, Sarah
(played by Caitlin Rose Williams) Joe struggles to provide for his
on a quest to find "anything" that can pay, Joe goes on interview
after interview. When, his wife suggest that he be a little more
proactive in talking about his work "skills", Joe responds
to a classified ad looking for "skilled heroes" and sets
up an appointment.
the interview, and with his wife's suggestions, Joe fluffs his
skills, exaggerates his qualifications and plays up his character
and convinces the hiring partners that he is a "can-do"
kind of guy and definitely a "hero" type of guy.
a "can-do" attitude and thinking he is applying for a
cosplay gig for children's birthday parties, Joe Martin lets it slip
out to Blinx (played by Akasha Banks Villalobos), his interviewer,
that he is a superhero by the name of Average Joe with the ability
to fly, deflect bullets and shoot lasers out of his eyes.
Joe Martin is hired and is led to HR where Dr. Mystico (played by
Taylor James Johnson) issues out his Uniform (or as Joe sees it...
his cosplay costume). As, they are testing the uniform an
emergency calls comes in and Blinx, Dr. Mystico and, now, Average
Joe respond with haste to a warehouse where Lord Menace (played by
Camden Toy) has captured hostages and is threatening the city of San
Antonio and then the World. Still convinced that he is in
cosplay, Joe quickly realizes that this is not a birthday party...
this is not cosplay... but real life and he is now an unknowing
member of a group of crime fighting superheroes with actual
superpowers. Joe's fate and the fate of the world rests in
what the Average Joe has to do to keep this team together, his
family together and defeat evil. After all, the average Joe always
pulls-up his bootstraps and takes on the impossible.
With no power to speak of, Average Joe, must step up to the plate,
fight the bad guys and save the city, all the while trying to save
by Mark Cantu and shot exclusively in San Antonio Texas the story is
an interesting one. There was a lot of action and that action was
supplemented by the subplot and the constant threats by Lord Menace.
Extraordinary heroes fighting an evil tyrant, you can only imagine
that "Now Hiring" will deliver a comicbook-esk type
of movie that one would expect. Not bad for a low budget independent
action hero movie. This was the type of movie where if you didn't
have popped corn, you would actually go get some and watch a particularly
entertaining feature movie.
Hiring also features characters (the good guys) like The Flamer
(played by Roman Garcia), The Nightwatchman (played by Jason
Scarbrough), as well as The Blinx (played by Akasha Banks
Villalobos) and, of course, The Average Joe (played by Jason Sedillo).
The bad guys for this movie include the Villainous Lord Menace
(played by Camden Toy), The Brain (played by John Lambert) and M.A.X.
(played by Keith Berry).
designs were exceptional, colorful and, although some of the
costumes were a bit campy, I think it worked for this movie. They
were just what you would expect them to be if they were taken
directly out of a comic book.
our particular screening at the Santikos Palladium in Houston,
Texas, saw a difference as to who was behind the camera. Rack it up
to aspect ratio and theater equipment, as the director explained,
but one of the camera used was burry and un-necessarily so. It
was a distraction that consumed close to 50 percent of the movie.
WE, of course, hope that it is due to theater equipment and we are
sure that when the DVD is released we will find a movie with focus
in its entirety. (We will let you know and will change this
portion of our review, should we be mistaken).
part, by IndieGoGo, from what we could tell, sound was leveled throughout
the movie, foley was excellently created, camera angles were
creative, composition was framed, special effects were dynamic,
sound design was complimentary, set design and location were
outstanding, The Choreographed fight scenes were outstanding
to watch, editing was seamless and transitions were not even noticeable
moving this movie from one scene to another effortlessly and the
score gave this movie an excellent pace.
"Now Hiring" was a good movie for entertainment value.
Production value, aside from the blurriness, was not too bad for an
independent movie. This was a movie to go see if you have a chance
to see it on a big screen. You will not be disappointed.
talked with Director Mark Cantu and we found that this "Now
Hiring" is his Directorial Feature debut. His work experience
ranges from commercial television spots for The Paint Drop and
Doritos "Crash The Super Bowl" to music videos for such
artists as DJ Gilbert, Carrizales and gospel artist Nadine Mansour.
His team of moviemakers have made award-winning movies for the 48
Hour Film Project-San Antonio ranging from action to comedy.
this Film? Well, I’m just attracted to superheroes to begin with,
not necessarily comic books but superheroes in general. They kind of
represent the best in all of us, the best in man and in women. And,
on top of that, the challenge for me was to wrap a superhero movie
around what was essentially a romantic comedy. And, I think we have
done that. At the core of the movie is a story about a man and his
wife and that’s about it. If you took away the super hero elements
it would be just about a man and his wife trying to make their
marriage work and it would be a great romantic comedy. But, it so
happens that we’ve also hidden it underneath this action and super
hero stuff. So, it’s kind of the best of both worlds. We have seen
a lot of support for this movie from San Antonio and we have seen a
lot of support, financially, from the Houston area, so it’s great
to be here, to have the support of the city and to be able to show
it off to a lot of our investors in Houston. And, hopefully we will
be back soon.” Director Mark Cantu
Cantu graced the cover of our C47Houston 2014 WEEKLYS issue number
5, the excerpt above was his contribution to that issue along with
photos from the Houston Premiere. If you want to order Issue number
5 with Director Mark Cantu goto: www.C47Houston.com/Weeklys.htm
were thrilled to see a very well-made movie that contained a very manageable
story with action and adventure.
News & Entertainment Magazine rated this movie using our TSIRS
scale and gave this feature movie by Director Mark Cantu and strong
4.5 out of 5 Stars. Good job.
Company: Live Wire Films and Ninja cat Productions
by Mark Cantu
Producers: Althria Berry-Goebel, Ann Hollingsworth Patrie and Rachel
Nisha Bostic, Elizabeth Cantu, Jena Schoniger, Donna Swafford and
Peek: May 18th, 2014 San Antonio, Texas at the Palladium IMAX
Premiere: June 8th at the Santikos Palladium AVX Theater, Houston,
Design by: Crissy Baker
Manager: Donna Swafford
by: Dave Anson
Department: Mark Cantu, Gary Oscar Laun and Andy Lundquist
Effects by: Mark Cantu
Effects by Mark Cantu, Ryan Nonaca, Daniel Salivar, Dustin Solomon
and Ezequiel Zanoni
by Alejandro Vargas-Lugo
Materne, Camden Toy, Johanna Goldsmith, Timmy Williams, Caitlin Rose
Williams, Claire Tablizo, Brant Bumpers, Richard Dane Scott, Heather
Materne, Judy McMilan, Bryan Ortiz, Jamye Cox, Jason Scarbrough,
Akasha Banks Villalobos, Jason Sedillo, Keith Berry II, Jet Baker,
Cameron Scott, Nikki Young, Roman Garcia, Skylar Brown, Joseph
Anthony, Torence White, Robert Jerdee, James Chapman, Andrew Jacobi
Jeter, Nichole Cardella, Althria Berry-Goebel, Jeremy Hayden,
Alessandra Manon, Taylor James Johnson, Gloria Sanchez, Gregg
Rodriquez, Joseph Cantu, Aleah Jean, Johnny Luna and Brennan Loy.
Pictures from the premiere: http://tinyurl.com/mptrva2