Featured image: 14-year-old Zebiba lifts weights at a competition in the documentary Lift Like a Girl. (Photo courtesy of Route 504 PR.) In the new documentary Lift Like a Girl, a 14-year-old female weightlifter named Zebiba trains in Alexandria, Egypt, on a street corner that looks like an abandoned construction site. This doesn’t look like the spot [...]
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: Levi and Kailyn Nahirney for the documentary Levi: Becoming Himself. (Photo credit: Mina Lumena.) One’s own identity is such a tricky thing to figure out. That’s just one of the many aspects of the new CBC documentary Levi: Becoming Himself, about Levi Nahirney, a 19-year-old trans man where we follow his journey of finding his [...]
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 [...]
Featured image: Kevin Corrigan as Father Andrew and Thomas Jay Ryan as Father James in Scenes from an Empty Church. (Courtesy of MPI Media Group.) “New York is dead… It’s not dead, but it’s on life support,” narrates Father Andrew (Kevin Corrigan) to begin Onur Tukel’s newest film Scenes from an Empty Church. This is the usual [...]
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: Director and producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (Courtesy of Kino Lorber.) Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation gives a great idea of the work, lives and personal journeys of both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams as friends and sort-of “frenemies.” It’s told through archive footage and a great score, but director and producer Lisa [...]
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 [...]