Review: Minor Premise (2020)

Review: Minor Premise (2020)

In Minor Premise, a reclusive neuroscientist, Ethan Kochar (Sathya Sridharan), tries to surpass his brilliant father’s legacy by continuing an experiment that deals with memory and attempts to understand the brain, using a machine called the R10 that Ethan is perfecting for a university study. Doing so, he becomes entangled in his own experiment where he inadvertently separates his consciousness into 10 fragments that are pitted against each other.

Shudder Review: Depraved (2019)

Shudder Review: Depraved (2019)

Writer/director Larry Fessenden gives the classic tale of Frankenstein a modern spin as he places the story in Brooklyn, where a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD creates a living man from body parts in his Brooklyn loft. From the loft itself to just every set, the film looks great. Fessenden’s style lends itself to the film well, too, with some aesthetic showing up occasionally like when Adam (Alex Breaux), the “monster,” is first getting adjusted to the world and it sounds like he’s hearing gibberish instead of real language when he’s first learning about everything. This is mostly through visuals like light patterns on the screen, or when you have a squiggly in your line of sight and can’t shake it… Constant thunder in the style also help set the mood in this film, as well.

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: Hall (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Hall (2020)

Directed by: Francesco Giannini. Starring: Carolina Bartczak, Yumiko Shaku, Mark Gibson. Runtime: 1h 25 min. Minor spoilers follow. The most compelling aspect of the new pandemic film Hall, directed by Francesco Giannini, is the character development of its two core characters, Val (Carolina Bartczak) and Naomi (Yumiko Shaku), who are both victims of abusive relationships. [...]

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).

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 [...]

Review: Hosts (2020)

Review: Hosts (2020)

Directed by: Adam Leader, Richard Oakes. Starring: Neal Ward, Nadia Lamin, Frank Jakeman. Runtime: 1h 29 min. Released: October 2, 2020. Minor spoilers follow in this review. Christmas is a time for family and friends, where everyone can come together and rejoice in the Christmas spirit. The Henderson family learn the hard way that they [...]

Filmcraziest Interviews: Producer Alok Mishra, stars Naomi Grossman and Celeste Sully for their film 1BR

Filmcraziest Interviews: Producer Alok Mishra, stars Naomi Grossman and Celeste Sully for their film 1BR

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I’m joined by producer Alok Mishra, as well as stars Naomi Grossman who plays Janice; and Celeste Sully who plays Lisa for their horror/thriller film 1BR, described by this group as the “little indie that could.” The film is directed by David Marmor and follows Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom), [...]

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

My last batch of short film reviews out of Fantasia Film Festival, including Austin Rourke's "A Strange Calm," Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair's "Break Us," Santiago Menghini's "Regret" and Johnny Kenton's "Dead Birds."

Filmcraziest Interviews from Fantasia – The Oak Room (2020)

Filmcraziest Interviews from Fantasia – The Oak Room (2020)

Welcome to another episode of Filmcraziest Interviews and this is one from Fantasia Film Festival, where I had a conversation with the creative team behind Canadian thriller The Oak Room, featuring the director of the film, Cody Calahan; writer of the film, Peter Genoway; and producer of the film, Chad Archibald. The film had its World [...]