Featured image: 14-year-old Zebiba lifts weights at a competition in the documentary Lift Like a Girl. (Photo courtesy of Route 504 PR.) In the new documentary Lift Like a Girl, a 14-year-old female weightlifter named Zebiba trains in Alexandria, Egypt, on a street corner that looks like an abandoned construction site. This doesn’t look like the spot [...]
I was able to speak with the co-writing and co-directing team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury over Zoom in time for the release of Kandisha on Shudder on July 22. We talk about the background of the film and incorporating the legend of Kandisha, the different looks to Kandisha, as well as if they ever feel guilty about killing their characters. Spoilers, they don’t feel guilty – as Alexandre speaks about their shared love for villains. They also talk a bit about Leatherface and the film they wanted to make, as well as their collaboration together as directors, and to be two.
Featured image: Eris Baker as Phoenix in Aisha Ford's short film, Cherry Lemonade. (Photo by Jessica Perez.) In Aisha Ford’s new short film Cherry Lemonade, Eris Baker stars as a young girl named Phoenix. She hangs out with her older brother, Kurt (Skylan Brooks), on a hot day in a lower-income neighbourhood. With this heat, the [...]
Featured image: Isabella Haddock as Rank in Leylak. (Courtesy of Alexandra Engelson.) The triple threat is something you might hear often in the film industry – commonly the star, writer and director of a film. However, my guest today on The Filmcraziest Show, Alexandra Engelson, is a unique triple threat. She wear many hats, most commonly [...]
Featured image: Levi and Kailyn Nahirney for the documentary Levi: Becoming Himself. (Photo credit: Mina Lumena.) One’s own identity is such a tricky thing to figure out. That’s just one of the many aspects of the new CBC documentary Levi: Becoming Himself, about Levi Nahirney, a 19-year-old trans man where we follow his journey of finding his [...]
Featured image: Greg Finley as Tommy in Downeast. (Courtesy of Justin Cook PR.) Shooting on location in Portland, Maine, the new crime drama Downeast feels true to its setting and town as it depicts a gritty - albeit fictional - crime side of the town that’s more commonly seen in crime films set in Boston, Chicago or [...]
Directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Written by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Starring Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jebali, Bilel Slatnia. Runtime 1h 54 min. Released July 9, 2021. This review contains mild spoilers. As I’m still diving deeper into world cinema, it’s safe to say Dachra is the first film I’ve seen out of Tunisia. In fact, it’s reportedly Tunisia’s [...]
In Aurora Brachman’s short documentary Joychild, it explores an 8-year-old child coming out as transgender to their mother. Through voice-over narration trying to put their feelings into words over footage of them playing, it’s a compelling short doc told in a unique way. Through e-mail, I was able to chat with Aurora about her short documentary, which is now available to watch on The New Yorker. Find that conversation here.
The Fear Street trilogy on Netflix is one of my most anticipated things of this summer, as it feels like an event. Three weeks – three new horror movies. The first one, Fear Street Part 1: 1994, premiered on July 2. With this new film, it knows its identity from the jump as it pays homage to the slashers of the 1990’s.
It starts by paying homage to one of its biggest inspirations in Wes Craven’s Scream. Heather (Maya Hawke, Robin on Stranger Things) works alone at Shadyside Mall’s bookstore, which sells versions of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street novels (they say they’re written by Robert Lawrence, the R.L. in R.L. Stine). As the mall is closing for the night, she encounters a man in a Skull Mask and a fight ensues.
Featured image: Kevin Corrigan as Father Andrew and Thomas Jay Ryan as Father James in Scenes from an Empty Church. (Courtesy of MPI Media Group.) “New York is dead… It’s not dead, but it’s on life support,” narrates Father Andrew (Kevin Corrigan) to begin Onur Tukel’s newest film Scenes from an Empty Church. This is the usual [...]