The Filmcraziest Show with Benjamin Ross Hayden and Shannon Joel Chappell for Parallel Minds

The Filmcraziest Show with Benjamin Ross Hayden and Shannon Joel Chappell for Parallel Minds

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by writer and director Benjamin Ross Hayden and art director Shannon Joel Chappell, to discuss their new film Parallel Minds, which played early this month at Toronto’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival. The plot: In the near future, an A.I. called URM is investigated by a detective named Thomas Elliot (Greg Bryk) and a researcher, Margo Elson (Tommie Amber-Pirie), for a lab about to release a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories. The film is written and directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden and also stars Neil Napier, Madison Walsh, Michelle Thrush, Wilma Pelly and Chelsea Green. (My review of the film can be found here.)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Directed by: Ann Forry. Starring: Matreya Scarrwener, Jessica McLeod, Michelle Creber. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Minor spoilers follow. Troubled teen Stacy (Matreya Scarrwener) is being plagued by nightmares and visions. When she confides in her best friends Jess (Jessica McLeod) and Emma (Michelle Creber), and Jess suggests a new phone application -- the titular Shall We [...]

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Parallel Minds (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Parallel Minds (2020)

In Benjamin Ross Hayden’s new science fiction film Parallel Minds, an A.I. called URM is investigated by a detective, Thomas Elliott (Greg Bryk) and lab researcher Margo Elson (Tommie-Ambe Pirie) for a lab preparing to release a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories. This is all coincides with the death of head researcher Elise Perrott (Michelle Thrush).

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: The Return (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: The Return (2020)

When brilliant student Rodger (Richard Harmon) learns of the death of his father, he returns to his childhood home with his girlfriend, Beth (Sara Thompson), and his long-time best friend Jordan (Echo Andersson) to set affairs in order. Rodger then begins to investigate the details of the family tragedy; and soon discovers a malevolent force that has been haunting his family since his childhood.

Review: Wolfman’s Got Nards (2020)

Review: Wolfman’s Got Nards (2020)

Directed by: André Gower. Starring: André Gower, Shane Black, Fred Dekker. Runtime: 1h 31 min.  Minor spoilers follow. In this new documentary written and directed by André Gower, one of the original stars of Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad, his new doc called Wolfman’s Got Nards explores cult cinema through the specific lens of Dekker’s [...]

Filmcraziest Interviews – Trish Harnetiaux, Jacob A. Ware and Anthony Arkin for their short film, “You Wouldn’t Understand”

Filmcraziest Interviews – Trish Harnetiaux, Jacob A. Ware and Anthony Arkin for their short film, “You Wouldn’t Understand”

Here’s another episode of Filmcraziest Interviews and this one was a lot of fun with a lot of laughs. I was joined by some of the creative team behind a new short film called You Wouldn’t Understand which recently premiered at Screamfest L.A., and those who joined me include director and co-writer Trish Harnetiaux, actor and co-writer Jacob A. Ware, as well as actor and editor Anthony Arkin.

Screamfest Review: You Wouldn’t Understand (short, 2020)

Screamfest Review: You Wouldn’t Understand (short, 2020)

A brilliant and fun nine minutes with strong humour, Trish Harnetiaux’ You Wouldn’t Understand follows a man (Anthony Arkin) whose idyllic picnic is upended by the arrival of a stranger, Angelic Guy (Jacob A. Ware). The dialogue’s sharp and funny and I love some of the humour, especially horse radish being called “horsey sauce.”

Filmcraziest Interviews – Austin Rourke for his short A Strange Calm (2020)

Filmcraziest Interviews – Austin Rourke for his short A Strange Calm (2020)

On this episode, I chat with AFI alum writer and director Austin Rourke for his short film A Strange Calm, which  had its Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival last month (and this is when we conducted this interview), and played at the Nightstream virtual film festival this past weekend, as a part of [...]

Nighstream Film Festival Recap

Nighstream Film Festival Recap

With the first edition of the Nightstream Virtual Film Festival winding down, many of the events are still available on-demand until tomorrow, Oct. 14, and the same can be said for many of the festival’s on-demand titles, too! You can find those tickets and films still available here. I wanted to do a link round-up post for the films I was able to watch at this year’s Nightstream that are still available on demand, as well as some of the same films that are playing at Nightstream that I caught at Fantasia in August, and some of the short films that are playing at this year’s festival, as well, and the ones I’m highlighting will have played at Fantasia.

Nightstream Review: An Unquiet Grave (2020)

Nightstream Review: An Unquiet Grave (2020)

This is another tale in the “what would you do for your family?” horror cannon, which has seen some good features, even at this year’s Nightstream with Anything for Jackson and My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To. Here, An Unquiet Grave is carried by two great performances by Jacob A. Ware and Christine Nyland, who also co-writes this film with director Terence Krey. And when I say the film's carried by these two performances, they're virtually the only ones in the film and are there in every scene. With that said, it's great that these performances are so compelling. Ware captures the grief of his character well, as does Nyland, and Nyland’s performance is the standout here as it’s unpredictable, and I would give kudos to a unique aspect of her performance but that would border on spoilers. But with what happens in the film and what results from the ritual is fascinating and creates such a cool dynamic, and makes for such an interesting concept.