Category Archives: movies

Rich Tola – Mindie Music Videos (2 min Compilation)

Fun, challenging, invigorating and very tiring at times yet always a blast to film – one video required more than 50 takes – we filmed 18 Mindie music videos throughout the streets of Hollywood during the summer of 2014…every one of them using popular movie theme songs.

Can you guess the name of every movie, every theme song and every Yoga pose? Enjoy – R

Movie Theme Song to Boulevard Zen – Music Video

For Flashback Friday I’m taking you back to December 9, 2009 and to the premiere of my Yoga-inspired film, Boulevard Zen. What a magical night that was, with super fond memories beginning with the drive over to The Silent Movie Theater with my very talented co-star and associate producer, Stephanie Drapeau. We sang our butts off to its catchy theme song, Life’s Boulevard, composed and performed by award-winning singer/songwriter, Erick Macek.

Here’s the music video with a panorama of my amazing journey in Hollywood. Enjoy – R

Pitch Perfect 2 Rocks + Next Stand-up at Flappers

What’s funny, sexy and exhilarating, that makes you wanna get up and dance?

Pitch Perfect 2.pitchperfect-2

And if you’re not into musicals or sequels, it really doesn’t matter – go see this film. With an amazing cast led by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Katy Sagal, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins (who are great together), you’ll be laughing and be-bopping for at least 2 hours.

You already know I’m a big Anna Kendrick fan, but I wasn’t planning on seeing this film in the theaters until my soon-to-be 16 year-old niece said she loved it. And since I’m always intrigued when movie-goers of any age tell me they love a film…I went and loved it too. With so many great actors and so many great one-liners (no kidding, they’re great), this cool hipster musical touches the soul and makes you really wanna get up in the aisles and dance!

Kudos to Elizabeth Banks on her directorial debut. Excellent job Elizabeth, plus you’re charming, sexy, witty, ditzy and wonderful as the no-holds barred announcer, Gail. I liked Pitch Perfect 2 so much that if I were reviewing it on Tola Talks, I’d give it 2 thumbs (out of 3).

flappersstageLike I said, go see this film and bring your teenagers, it’s PG-13. And for some really good live comedy this week-end, come check-out my Stand-up show this Saturday, May 23rd from 7:30-9p in the YooHoo Room at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. CA. It’s gonna be a blast!

P.S. Don’t leave the movie theater until the credits have rolled or you’ll miss Christina Aguilera and the gang from The Voice.

Tola Talks Insurgent, Good Cops & LeBron James

Check-out Movie Monday’s review of the new Shailene Woodley & Theo James film, Insurgent. Plus, a celebrity shout-out to LeBron James and a cool cop story about a good samaritan police officer helping out a 10k runner in Louisville. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Check-out the Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Plus, a celebrity shout-out to Justin Bieber (for growing up) and the courageous passengers of the United Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver who stopped a crazy man from entering the cockpit…kudos!

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all social: @richtola

Tola Talks Cinderella & Free Ice Cream at Dairy Queen

It’s Movie Monday on Tola Talks and we’re talking all good stuff about the Disney blockbuster, Cinderella. Plus, get the latest scoop on today’s free ice cream at billionaire Warren Buffet’s company, Dairy Queen (for DQ’s 75th Anniversary) and the 20 year-old man caught for the recent shootings in Ferguson. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all social: @richtola

Tola Talks Against All Odds with McFarland USA (review)

Do yourself a favor and go see this film, McFarland USA. Heartfelt, inspiring and a Truly Moving Picture that’s makes anything seem possible. That’s all we’re talking about today on Tola Talks – my 30th film review and one of my most passionate shows. Kudos to Director Niki Caro and the cast & crew of this wonderful Disney classic. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks & @richtola