Here are some re-posted reviews of some new releases this weekend: The bonkers experimental sci-fi film FRIED BARRY, a Kung Fu story with a lot of heart in THE PAPER TIGERS, and an interestingly bizarre anthology from Chino Moya called UNDERGODS.
Set! is a documentary about something that only frequent state fair goers may have heard of, and that’s the world of competitive table setting (or table scaping). It’s not a race to set the dinner table; but a decorative art (with all the competition of sports) where table setters compete for beautiful ribbons. The film [...]
I was able to speak with the director of the film, Bobbi Jo Hart, as well as Fanny drummer and vocalist, Brie Darling (a.k.a. Brie Brandt). On the episode, we discuss how Bobbi learned of their story and came on board, some cool reactions from Brie Darling after watching the documentary and some things she didn’t know, as well as the Statue of Liberty inspiring the poster, women finding their voices and normalization of rocking out at any age, as well as Brie Darling being an accidental drummer, auditioning for KISS and her, June and Jean Millington finding their sound again.
In this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I spoke with Daniel Edelstyn, one of the directors and producers of the new documentary Bank Job, which is premiering as a part of the Hot Docs Film Festival. The film was filmed over five years and is about a filmmaking duo – a husband-and-wife team of Edelstyn and Hilary Powell – who educate themselves and their community in financial literacy as they build their own bank with a goal of helping alleviate some debt in the U.K. In the episode we chat about some of the inspirations for the film (like The Italian Job), the original thought of wanting to have a superhero saving debt instead of building a bank, how the pair of filmmakers explained certain concepts, designing the money and getting community support and bringing them into the film, as well as vodka empires and the Ukrainian mafia, potential sequels and much more in between.
There have been a number of stellar sports comedies over the years – but the underdog stories like Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story have always been my favourite. Adding its name into the ring of sports comedies as a sports and buddy movie mash-up is the new comedy Golden Arm, where the chemistry between stars [...]
I was able to chat with some of the team behind the new Lovecraftian horror The Deep Ones, a film that follows Lexi (Gina La Piana) and Petri (Johann Urb), a married couple who rent a beachside Airbnb and learn they’re in over their heads once they meet peculiar neighbours, who are really part of a mysterious cult who worship an ancient sea god. The film is based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and also stars Robert Miano, Silvia Spross and Jackie Debatin. I spoke with the writer/director of the film Chad Ferrin, as well as the film’s two leads Johann Urb and Gina La Piana (who joins in on the conversation at around 17 minutes).
This is the second part of my Oscar Predictions and I made these predictions. These are just how I think these categories will shake out, and in this second part of two prediction articles (Part 1 of predictions can be found here), I’m covering 8 of the 23 categories with the Screenplay categories, Original Song, Cinematography, Documentary, Editing, and the Best Leading categories.
I figured I’d add to the Oscars discourse with my predictions, as I made these predictions on the Extra Features Podcast on April 11, and these are my predictions from then. These are just my thoughts on every category for the big night, and, to let you know, the images in the article won't always align to what I picked for that specific category. As well, this will be the first part of two articles where I cover 15 of the 23 categories in this first part, including International Film, Best Animated Film, Best Picture, the Supporting Categories, Directing, Production Design, and more...
Beast Beast is a drama about a trio of thee youngsters whose lives intersect in a Southern town – with the social butterfly Krista (Shirley Chen), the new kid and town and parkour and skateboarding aficionado Nito (Jose Angeles), as well as high school graduate Adam (Will Madden) who is trying to make it big with a YouTube channel educating about firearms. I was able to chat with the team behind the film, including writer/director Danny Madden, as well as the three leads of the film in Shirley Chen, Jose Angeles and Will Madden (who is a frequent collaborator with director and brother, Danny).