Fresh off his “Best Actor” award at the Reel HeART International Film Festival in Toronto this past Saturday night (June 27th), Knuckle Draggers Producer/Actor Paul J. Alessi was gracious enough to take the time to answer a few questions for our readers in this exclusive interview Q&A. Alessi plays the co-lead role as Kyle, an abrasive divorced man who offers his “expert” advice on relationships to his struggling brother Ethan (Ross McCall)… READ MORE
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Paul J. Alessi has been in many Hollywood productions but when speaking to him instantly you know he is most proud of his current film, Knuckle Draggers in which Alessi plays the lead, “Kyle” who instructs his brother Ethan the ins and outs of dating and what women really want from a male perspective. The tag line for the movie explains it all “Some Things Never Change,” and Knuckle Draggers provokes questions about … READ MORE and LISTEN TO THE PODCAST INTERVIEW
“How do you talk to women?” I would ask my friend. “With words,” he’d reply. I thought he was being an ass, but as it turns out, he was right. And that’s the funny thing about interpersonal relationships with the opposite sex. It’s the way we use words that may spell disaster for a relationship. In Knuckle Draggers, the dramedy from Alex Ranarivelo, we learn that ye olde story of love, life, sex and… READ MORE on… Reel Loop and Examiner
Finally, an adult romantic comedy which examines the state of modern male/female relationships, through the male perspective. In Alex Ranarivelo’s film, Knuckle Draggers starring Ross McCall, Paul J. Alessi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Danielle Nicolet, Jennifer Alden and Amie Barksy, we see what couples actually want versus what they need, and how their needs may not have evolved much from those of our caveman ancestors.
This indie film was a breath of fresh air, especially watching each characters “evolve” throughout the movie. It works outside of mainstream but still has the… READ MORE
Setting up stall in the crowded rom-com market is a difficult task.
The problem facing writer/director Alex Ranarivelo is how to make your commentary on relationships speak to the audience; to make your voice heard above the myriad other groups of pretty, commitment phobic thirty-somethings trying to work their lives out.
Ranarivelo’s answer is simple: character. And this is how he, and the film, succeeds.
Knuckle Draggers is a 2009 film from Partners in Crime Films and it is an excellent way to spend an evening. Do not give in to your preconceptions of Indie Romance(TM) and let this charming film work its spell. It is surprising because it succeeds in building up the prejudices and stereotypes inherent in the genre before pulling the rug from under our feet. Don’t get me wrong – the … READ MORE