Shudder Review: The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

Shudder Review: The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a review from August 29, 2020 that originally appeared as a review for the Fantasia Film Festival. Directed by: Bryan Bertino. Starring: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film had its International Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 28, 2020. [...]

Review: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

Review: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

Directed by: Josh Greenbaum. Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan. Runtime: 1h 47 min. Released: February 12, 2021 (available on Premium On Demand). Mild spoilers follow. These days, it seems so difficult to be surprised by a film, especially when major plot points are spoiled in the trailer. From watching the trailer for Barb [...]

The Filmcraziest Show – Jeremy Gardner, “After Midnight” (Podcast Interview)

The Filmcraziest Show – Jeremy Gardner, “After Midnight” (Podcast Interview)

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I talked with Jeremy Gardner (pictured in the featured image), the co-director, writer and star of After Midnight (a new Shudder Exclusive). We discuss stories in bartending and the “bar mat shot,” getting Brea Grant for the film and auditions, growing as a filmmaker since his first film The Battery, collaborating with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the film’s original title, karaoke and the perfect mix-tape song, framing shots, as well as creature design and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Todd Masters.

Reel Love Film Fest Review: Golden Arm (2021)

Reel Love Film Fest Review: Golden Arm (2021)

Directed by: Maureen Bharoocha. Starring: Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah. Runtime: 1h 31 min. Golden Arm is currently playing as part of the Reel Love Film Fest and had its first screening on Feb. 13, 2021. Danny the Dominator (Betsy Sodaro) is at the top of her game of ladies arm wrestling. As she [...]

Reel Love Film Fest Review: Funny Face (2021)

Reel Love Film Fest Review: Funny Face (2021)

REEL LOVE FILM FEST review. Funny Face is a bizarre film, one that truly cannot be put in one genre. It’s anarchic and brings the drama in its character study of one of its main characters Saul (Cosmo Jarvis) and brings the crime in Saul donning a mask and wanting vengeance against The Developer (Jonny Lee Miller) who is demolishing Saul’s grandparents’ home to turn it into a parking lot. FUNNY FACE is worth the watch for the two central performances and score; but you'll have to be patient through the hollow moments.

Theatrical Review: The Mauritanian (2021)

Theatrical Review: The Mauritanian (2021)

In a great story with The Mauritanian, Tahar Rahim plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was kept at Guantanamo Bay without charge for years by the U.S. government because he was accused for being one of the major recruiters of the 9/11 attacks.

The film opens with Slahi at a gathering in Mauritania in November 2001, where he gets picked up by the U.S. government in the middle of the night, promising his mother he would be right back. Instead, his family had no idea where he was for years; until they found out in 2005 that he was being held in Guantanamo Bay.

This is when his case lands on the desk of lawyer Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster). She tries to get him out of Guantanamo (referred to as Gitmo throughout) using Habeas Corpus, since he’s never been charged with anything. On the other side is military lawyer Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) for the prosecution who seeks out the death penalty.

Shudder Review: After Midnight (2021)

Shudder Review: After Midnight (2021)

Directed by: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella. Starring: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski. Runtime: 1h 23 min. Mild spoilers follow. After a decade-long storybook romance for Hank (Jeremy Gardner) and Abby (Brea Grant) in small-town Florida, Abby disappears in the middle of the night leaving a cryptic note saying she’s going away for awhile. Hank [...]

Shudder Review: A Nightmare Wakes (2021)

Shudder Review: A Nightmare Wakes (2021)

Directed by: Nora Unkel. Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Phillippe Bowgen. Runtime: 1h 30 min. In Nora Unkel’s debut feature, she takes on one of horror’s most famous stories in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Blending the content and themes of the narrative from the novel itself and combining it with factual aspects of Mary [...]

The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Benjamin and Ben O’Toole, “Bloody Hell”

The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Benjamin and Ben O’Toole, “Bloody Hell”

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show I chatted with writer Robert Benjamin and actor Ben O'Toole for their new film Bloody Hell, which premiered on demand on January 14 (here are some options for rent or purchase) and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on  January 19. 

The plot: Rex Coen (Ben O’Toole) finds himself in a crazy situation during a bank robbery and decides to take the opportunity to play hero and save the hostages. Instead, he’s hailed by a hero by some and a lunatic by others and is sent to jail. Once he’s released, he leaves this mysterious past behind for better pastures in Finland. But in Bloody Hell, Finland is way worse. The film is directed by Alister Grierson, written by Robert Benjamin, and stars Ben O'Toole (pictured in the featured image), Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland and Travis Jefferey.