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 [...]

Fantasia 2020 Coverage – 12 Hour Shift

Fantasia 2020 Coverage – 12 Hour Shift

Set in 1999 Arkansas, a junkie nurse, Mandy (Angela Bettis) starts a 12 Hour Shift at her hospital where, to get money for her addiction, she’s part of an organ harvesting scheme. When her irresponsible “cousin” Regina (Chloe Farnworth) forgets the organs, they have to try to get another kidney for their boss, and there are many suitable candidates inside the hospital. Read more.

Filmcraziest Interviews – Phillip G. Carroll Jr. for his film The Honeymoon Phase

Filmcraziest Interviews – Phillip G. Carroll Jr. for his film The Honeymoon Phase

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I talk with Phillip G. Carroll Jr., who wrote, directed and edited the new psychological thriller/sci-fi/horror film, The Honeymoon Phase (my review can be found here). The film follows a couple, Tom (Jim Schubin) and Eve (Chloe Carroll), who are given $50,000 if they can last 30 days in a [...]

Open 24 Hours (2020)

Open 24 Hours (2020)

Directed by: Padraig Reynolds. Starring: Vanessa Grasse, Brendan Fletcher, Emily Tennant. Released: August 18, 2020 (in U.S; July 20, 2020 in U.K.). Runtime: 1h 42 min. This review contains some spoilers. Also, if you missed my last post, I interviewed the writer/director of this film, Padraig Reynolds, and that interview can be found here. Mary (Vanessa [...]

Altitude (2010)

Altitude (2010)

Directed by: Kaare Andrews. Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Landon Liboiron, Julianna Guill. Released: October 3, 2010. Runtime: 1h 30 min. I’m spooked of heights – like roller coasters and the works – but I’m not too bad on airplanes. That is, commercial airplanes. I haven’t been on many plane rides in my life, but I don’t think you’d ever catch me dead in [...]

7500 (2020)

7500 (2020)

Directed by: Paul Vollrath. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Aylin Tezel.  Runtime: 1h 33 min. Released: June 18, 2020. Paul Vollrath’s 7500 starts with soundless footage from an airport’s security camera at the Berlin Tegel Airport – showing people going about their days. There’s a disconnect watching these people and that disconnect lingered throughout the [...]

Burn (2019)

Burn (2019)

I really enjoy hostage situation movies but Burn is truly one of the strangest ones that I’ve seen. When a desperate man, Billy (Josh Hutcherson), in need of cash holds a gas station at gun point, a lonely and unstable gas station attendant, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), tired of being overshadowed by her prettier co-worker Sheila (Suki Waterhouse)…

31 (2016)

31 (2016)

Directed by: Rob Zombie. Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips. Runtime: 1h 42 min. Released: September 16, 2016. On Letterboxd, I’m participating in a scavenger hunt there for the month of May where you make a list of 31 films by answering prompts to watch in the month of May. The link [...]

Greta (2019)

Greta (2019)

Greta. Directed by: Neil Jordan. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe. Runtime: 1h 38 min. Released: March 1, 2019. Greta benefits most from very strong performances by stars Chloë Grace Moretz and French acting legend Isabelle Huppert. Frances McCullen (Moretz), a waitress in New York City, finds a purse on a subway train one [...]