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: 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 [...]
In the Lifetime Original Movie Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer, Julie Benz plays Celeste Beard, a waitress turned trophy wife after she marries millionaire Steven Beard. A few years into the marriage, a home invader shoots Steven in the middle of the night. The aftermath delves into the mystery and motives, as spoiled by the film’s title. In the film, Justine Warrington plays one of the film’s major characters, Tracey Tarlton. She meets Celeste at a wellness spa and they become fast friends, where Tracey also operates as one of Celeste’s pawns. For this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with Justine about her role in the film. We spoke about working with Julie Benz, the research into playing a real-life character, the intensity of the courtroom scene, working in Vancouver and more.
For The Holy Game, I was able to speak with the film’s co-directors Brent Hodge and Chris Kelly, as well as one of the film’s documentary subjects Father Michael Zimmerman, now a priest in Boston. This was also the first time I had a priest on my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, so that was rather neat. In the conversation, we talked about what got the directors on the film, some of the background for the Clericus Cup and its fanbase, deciding what voices from which best team could best help tell this story, finding the audience for the film, filming the sports scenes and a lot of other conversation topics in between. As well, Father Michael talked about his reactions to watching the film for the first time.
Featured image: Marlon Kazadi as Taylor and Aleks Paunovic as Jim in Chained. (Courtesy of Nicola Pender PR.) Chained is the story of an abused boy, Taylor (played by Marlon Kazadi). Taylor finds a criminal, Jim (Aleks Paunovic), chained up beside a dead body in an abandoned warehouse. No one knows Jim is there other than [...]
Featured image: Ava Preston as Anna in Queen of Spades. (Courtesy of Fons PR.) Queen of Spades is a new horror film that was actually filmed in Ottawa, Canada, my hometown. The film, a remake of a 2015 Russian horror film, Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite, where Anna (Ava Preston) and her three friends learn [...]
Featured image: Ava Preston as Anna, and Krista Marchand as the Queen in Queen of Spades. (Courtesy of Fons PR.) Queen of Spades is a new horror film that was actually filmed in Ottawa, Canada, my hometown. The film, a remake of a 2015 Russian horror film, Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite, follows the character [...]
I was able to speak with the film’s writer and director, Nicole Riegel, about her film Holler on my podcast The Filmcraziest Show. We discuss casting Jessica Barden in the role and Nicole wanting someone with a sense of humour fitting for women from Appalachian states; making the film in Riegel's hometown and this being like her coming-of-age story; bringing out the beauty of the town and playing with the colour red; as well as stolen library books.
Last week I posted the first part of my Game Night with the team behind the film "Murder Bury Win," featuring writer and director Michael Lovan, as well as the core trio of actors in Mikelen Walker as Chris, Erich Lane as Adam and Henry Alexander Kelly as Barrett. We played some Hangman in that [...]
The Corruption of Divine Providence is one of the strangest films I’ve seen in some time, and in this film’s case, that’s just a compliment to its ambitious world building. It follows the Séraphin family in the fictional, bilingual town of St-Michel, Manitoba, as the youngest daughter, Jeanne (Ali Skovbye), is nearly killed by a mysterious bleeding and is rushed to the hospital. That’s the jumping point for a film with near-exorcism, characters questioning their faith, and the town believing Jeanne is a miracle as everyone vies to figure out what’s happening. The film also stars Elyse Levesque, Tantoo Cardinal, Cory Sevier, David La Haye and Paul Amos, and is written and directed by Jeremy Torrie.
Jeremy Torrie was my guest on this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, where we chat some influences, originally wanting to make a miniseries, the world building and filming in Manitoba, and much more.