Review: Cosmic Sin (2021)

Review: Cosmic Sin (2021)

Set in the year 2524, where the galaxy is separated into three main colonies (Earth, Zafdie and Ellora), Cosmic Sins starts when a colonist makes first contact with a new alien civilization. Fearing the worst after the aliens make their way back to Earth as stowaways, a ragtag team of soldiers – including disgraced soldier James Ford (Bruce Willis) – go to the planet Ellora to stop an interstellar war before it starts.

Interview: Director Edward Drake for “Cosmic Sin” (The Filmcraziest Show, Podcast/video)

Interview: Director Edward Drake for “Cosmic Sin” (The Filmcraziest Show, Podcast/video)

On this episode of my interview podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by Edward Drake, the writer and director of his latest team-up with Bruce Willis, Cosmic Sin. The film is about seven rogue soldiers who launch a pre-emptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts. We chat all about the weapons in the film, our favourite Stephen King novels, what it was like working with Bruce Willis and their continued collaboration, and much more. I’ve included the podcast and YouTube versions (as well as two bits of our conversation).

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. 

The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Bockstael for Fatman (2020)

The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Bockstael for Fatman (2020)

Here’s another episode of The Filmcraziest Show featuring a Christmas film, as I chat with Robert Bockstael (pictured in the featured image in the background on the right) who plays Captain Jacobs in the new Mel Gibson film Fatman. In Fatman, a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus (Gibson) fights to save his declining business by taking on a government contract proposed by the military, represented by Captain Jacobs (Bockstael). Meanwhile, Billy (Chance Hurtsfield), a neglected and bratty 12-year-old, hires a hit man (Walton Goggins) to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Eric Wolfe, and it is written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms.

The Filmcraziest Show – Travis Irvine for Killer Raccoons 2: Dark Christmas In the Dark (2020)

The Filmcraziest Show – Travis Irvine for Killer Raccoons 2: Dark Christmas In the Dark (2020)

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, recorded at the tail end of September and released for the Christmas season, I spoke with writer and director Travis Irvine about his latest film Killer Raccoons 2: Dark Christmas in the Dark. The plot: On Christmas Eve, Casey Smallwood (Yang Miller) has just been released from prison after serving 10 years for underage drinking. He hops on the express train to Washington D.C., the Holiday Express, and it’s hijacked by an angry gang of domestic terrorists and government trained raccoons. Casey joins forces with a porter on the train to fight back against the terrorists. The film is written and directed by Travis Irvine.

The Filmcraziest Show – Ellen Hollman, Matt Passmore, Geraldine Singer for Army of One (2020)

The Filmcraziest Show – Ellen Hollman, Matt Passmore, Geraldine Singer for Army of One (2020)

On this new episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by Ellen Hollman (pictured in the featured image, and starring in the upcoming The Matrix 4), Matt Passmore (known for Jigsaw) and Geraldine Singer (Get Out, 21 Jump Street) to chat about their new film Army of One, an actioner that is now available on demand. The plot: While on a road trip, Special Forces Brenner Baker (Ellen Hollman) stumbles upon a cartel’s compound. Her husband, Dillon (Matt Passmore) is killed and she’s left for dead. The Cartel made two mistakes, killing her husband and leaving her alive. They won’t make another as Brenner sets out for revenge and to take down the cartel and the big bad, Mama (Geraldine Singer). The film also stars Stephen Dunlevy, Gary Kasper and Kendra Carelli. It’s directed by Stephen Durham; and written by Durham, Ellen Hollman, Mary Ann Barnes and David Dittlinger.

Review: To Your Last Death (2020)

Review: To Your Last Death (2020)

I love animation in general, but I haven’t watched a ton of R-rated animated films, so I was happy to watch To Your Last Death. It's a 2-D hand-drawn animated film whose style compares closest to TV’s Archer, and is a great mix of horror, action and animation.

Miriam DeKalb (Dani Lennon) and her siblings are invited by their powerful father, Cyrus DeKalb (Ray Wise) to his office building and learn that he has ulterior motives. As Miriam recovers from the night in the hospital, she’s visited by a powerful entity called the Gamemaster (Morena Baccarin), who offers her the chance to jump in time 24 hours earlier and do things over in order to save her brothers and sister. This is all the while members of the Gamemaster’s species gamble on the evening's outcome. 

Shudder Review: Yummy (2020)

Shudder Review: Yummy (2020)

Alison (Maaike Neuville), boyfriend Michael (Bart Hollanders) and Alison’s mom Sylvia (Annick Christiaens) travel to a shady hospital in Eastern Europe to visit an acclaimed plastic surgeon. Alison wants a breast reduction surgery – a scene talking about this emulates Superbad’s “she has back problems, man” discussion – and Sylvia is getting what seems like every plastic surgery imaginable. The anxious but supportive Michael is just along for the ride.

They find more than they bargained for when Michael inadvertently releases Patient Zero in the hospital’s basement as he wanders around with hospital employee Daniel (Benjamin Ramon). Zombie horror ensues.