For today's episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by Nicholas Ashe Bateman, the writer, director, producer, VFX supervisor and editor of the new drama fantasy epic, The Wanting Mare. The film is set in a world called Anmaere, about a city inside of it called Whithren. Whithren's most valuable export is wild horses and [...]
We’ve seen so many worlds in so many franchises, all with vast world building. Most of these films take on huge budgets – from Panem in The Hunger Games to the gigantic world of the MCU – but Nicholas Ashe Bateman’s The Wanting Mare proves that it doesn’t take a budget of over $100 million to create a convincing world like that. Sometimes you just need a great production team and time to do so. This film takes us to a world called Anmaere, where we focus specifically on the city of Whithren. This is a city plagued by an intense heat; and everyone who lives here dreams of escaping to the continent of Levithen across the sea, where it’s winter year-round. The chance to get there comes once a year where a giant ship docks in Whithren to transport its most valuable export of wild horses. On this ship, there are tickets the people can get to travel to Levithen, but these tickets are highly coveted.
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.
Directed by: Greg Nicotero. Starring: Anna Camp, Adam Pally, Pete Burris. Runtime: 46 min. A Creepshow Holiday Special follows Robert Weston (Adam Pally), a man trying to figure out the strange thing that has been happening to him every full moon. Believing himself to be a werewolf, he finds a support group called Shapeshifters Anonymous [...]
On this new episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I'm joined in a conversation with writer and director Ryan Spindell of the new anthology horror film The Mortuary Collection, which is now streaming on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. (You can find my review of the film here.) Set at Raven’s End Mortuary in Boggy [...]
Directed by: Ryan Spindell. Starring: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer. Runtime: 1h 48 min. Editor's note: This review was originally posted on Sept. 1 for its release at the Fantasia Film Festival. I am reposting this because it has just been released on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. I watched this [...]
Directed by: Ryan Spindell. Starring: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer. Runtime: 1h 48 min. Released: August 20, 2020 (at Fantasia Film Festival). The strength of any good anthology film lies within its framing story. I loved certain shorts in V/H/S but didn’t care for the burglars in the house in the main story, but [...]
I've heard that sometimes, a long wait is good for anticipation. But sometimes, there's too long of a wait. And with the second episode of my Disney Channel Original Movie podcast, Popcorn Flicks, the wait was definitely too long, as I posted the first episode on March 17th. The first episode can be found here, [...]
Directed by: Marc Lawrence. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Shirley Maclaine. Runtime: 1h 40 min. Released: November 12, 2019. This review contains spoilers. When Santa Claus dies, the mantle is handed down to his son Nick Kringle (Bill Hader), but he’s scared to take on the role and runs away to Phoenix. His sister, Noelle [...]
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow. Starring: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale. Runtime: 1h 49 min. Released: February 14, 2020. This review contains spoilers. Fantasy Island’s the most frustrating kind-of film, one that has such an intriguing concept but no idea what to do with it. Based on the TV show Fantasy Island, this is a [...]