Editor’s note: This is a repost of a review from August 29, 2020 that originally appeared as a review for the Fantasia Film Festival. Directed by: Bryan Bertino. Starring: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film had its International Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 28, 2020. … Continue reading Shudder Review: The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
Month: February 2021
Review: Chick Fight (2020)
In Chick Fight, Malin Akerman's Anna discovers her late mother's fight club when Anna is at rock bottom. She trains and with misguided confidence challenges the film's villain, Olivia (Bella Thorne) to a fight. This starts one of the most boring underdog stories I've ever seen, with flat acting and a lot, a LOT of slow-motion. Read more to learn why you should skip it.
Review: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)
Directed by: Josh Greenbaum. Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan. Runtime: 1h 47 min. Released: February 12, 2021 (available on Premium On Demand). Mild spoilers follow. These days, it seems so difficult to be surprised by a film, especially when major plot points are spoiled in the trailer. From watching the trailer for Barb … Continue reading Review: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)
The Filmcraziest Show – Brenna Coates, “The Sinners” (Podcast Interview)
I interview actress Brenna Coates for her role in the new film "The Sinners," about a group of A-list high school girls who start a cult where they all represent the seven deadly sins. Now streaming On Demand. As well, in the conversation we discuss the sins in the film, the experience of being on set with another actress named Brenna, as well as some of her stage work in the play "The Wolves."
The Filmcraziest Show – Kaitlyn Bernard & Brenna Llewellyn; Courtney Paige for “The Sinners” (Podcast Interview)
On this new episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to chat with some talent behind the new drama thriller The Sinners. I had two different interviews, one talking with two of the actresses in the film, Kaitlyn Bernard and Brenna Llewellyn; as well as one conversation with the writer and director of the film, Courtney Paige.
The film is about a group of seven A-List Girls who form a cult at their high school where each girl embodies one of the seven deadly sins. Soon, after a disagreement within the group, they start to go missing one by one.
Shudder Review: Shook (2021)
In the latest social media satire, the Shudder Original, Shook, it features fitting use of the title. After a social media influencer, Genelle (played by real-life influencer Genelle Seldon) is murdered in the opening scene by a serial killer, our main character Mia (Daisye Tutor), in reaction to the news says, deadpan to her livestream, “I’m shook.”
She then monologues that this is a time for selfless acts, so she’s going to babysit Chico, a dog owned by her sister Nicole (Emily Goss), instead of going to a livestream with her friends. These bits of satire are solid, and some are funny – especially the opening scene when Mia and Genelle are being photographed on the red carpet for their followers, only for it to be revealed they’re on a makeshift red carpet against a plain building in an empty parking lot.
The Filmcraziest Show – Robert Cuffley, Susie Moloney, Colin Sheldon, “Bright Hill Road” (Podcast Interview)
Here's a new episode of my podcast where I chat with the team behind the Canadian horror film BRIGHT HILL ROAD (with director Robert Cuffley, writer Susie Moloney and producer Colin Sheldon), a film centering around a character struggling through addiction who stops at the titular boarding house on her way to California.
The Filmcraziest Show – Jeremy Gardner, “After Midnight” (Podcast Interview)
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I talked with Jeremy Gardner (pictured in the featured image), the co-director, writer and star of After Midnight (a new Shudder Exclusive). We discuss stories in bartending and the “bar mat shot,” getting Brea Grant for the film and auditions, growing as a filmmaker since his first film The Battery, collaborating with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the film’s original title, karaoke and the perfect mix-tape song, framing shots, as well as creature design and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Todd Masters.
Reel Love Film Fest Review: Shiva Baby (2021)
Directed by: Emma Seligman. Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper. Runtime: 1h 17 min. This film played at this past weekend’s Reel Love Film Festival as the festival’s closing night film on Feb. 14, 2021. Minor spoilers follow. Shiva Baby follows Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a college student who is put into a unique position … Continue reading Reel Love Film Fest Review: Shiva Baby (2021)
The Filmcraziest Show – Phillip G. Carroll Jr., Chloe Carroll, Jim Schubin, “The Honeymoon Phase” (Spoiler Show, Podcast Interview)
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I have a returning guest in writer-director and producer Phillip G. Carroll for his film The Honeymoon Phase, as well as actress and producer Chloe Carroll, who plays Eve in the film, as well as actor Jim Schubin who plays Tom in the film. I usually put a spoiler warning before for certain spots of my interviews, but this episode will be a spoiler show so it’d be a great one to listen to after watching The Honeymoon Phase.