Here's a batch of interviews with filmmakers of their feature debuts, of the films "The Righteous" (filmmaker Mark O'Brien), "Cop Secret" (filmmaker and former pro football goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson), and "THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus" (Cire Hensman and Matthew Hensman).
Review: Attack on Finland (2022)
Featured image: Jasper Pääkkönen (right) in Attack on Finland. (Courtesy of Route 504 PR.) Released: July 1, 2022 (VOD). Directed by: Aku Louhimies. Starring: Jasper Pääkkönen, Nanna Blondell, Sverrir Gudnason. Runtime: 1h 59 min. “Attack on Finland” has so much realism, I wondered if it was based on a true story. Instead, it’s based on a … Continue reading Review: Attack on Finland (2022)
Fantasia Film Festival Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
Featured image: Nick Cassavetes and Nicolas Cage in Prisoners of the Ghostland. (Courtesy of Mongrel Media.) Directed by Sion Sano. Written by Aaron Hendry and screenplay by Reza Sixo Safai. Starring Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes. Runtime 1h 40 min. Prisoners of the Ghostland premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and had its Canadian Premiere … Continue reading Fantasia Film Festival Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
Fantasia Film Festival Review: Yakuza Princess (2021)
She very much holds her own in the action scenes. The fight choreography is strong and (CGI) gore is always steady, with some strong sequences sprinkled throughout, especially a fun scene set in a graveyard. It’s also very well-shot, balancing hand-to-hand combat and gun action. It doesn’t have the variety of chorography to sustain long, drawn-out fight scenes, so if you’re searching for great ones like seen in The Raid or even The Night Comes for Us (both Indonesia actioners), this one doesn’t have it. It underwhelms in certain areas because of that, especially as it doesn’t have a scene that I think will be remembered in a couple of years. However, it’s still a good showcase for MASUMI as a badass hero coming into her own, with some fun scenes to make it worth the two hours.
Fantasia Film Review: Tokyo Revengers (2021)
One of my favourites of the Fantasia Film Festival so far, TOKYO REVENGERS brings the action, time travel, but also a surprising amount of heart that made me totally love it.
“American Badger” Interview | Andrea Stefancikova | The Filmcraziest Show
In the film AMERICAN BADGER, a hitman is hired to befriend a call girl named Velvet and eventually, he's asked to kill her. I was able to speak with actress Andrea Stefancikova about her role as Velvet in the film, where we talk getting into the mindset of the character, "character hangover," working in an action film, filming in Vancouver and much more.
Interview with the Sound Team Behind “Greyhound”
Greyhound is an exciting WWII actioner picking up months after the Americans joined World War II. It follows Captain Krause (Tom Hanks), a U.S. Navy Commander who is on his first commanding mission as he leads a convoy of ships through the Black Pit during the Battle of the Atlantic, trying to get troops safely … Continue reading Interview with the Sound Team Behind “Greyhound”
Review: Cosmic Sin (2021)
Set in the year 2524, where the galaxy is separated into three main colonies (Earth, Zafdie and Ellora), Cosmic Sins starts when a colonist makes first contact with a new alien civilization. Fearing the worst after the aliens make their way back to Earth as stowaways, a ragtag team of soldiers – including disgraced soldier James Ford (Bruce Willis) – go to the planet Ellora to stop an interstellar war before it starts.
Interview: Director Edward Drake for “Cosmic Sin” (The Filmcraziest Show, Podcast/video)
On this episode of my interview podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by Edward Drake, the writer and director of his latest team-up with Bruce Willis, Cosmic Sin. The film is about seven rogue soldiers who launch a pre-emptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts. We chat all about the weapons in the film, our favourite Stephen King novels, what it was like working with Bruce Willis and their continued collaboration, and much more. I’ve included the podcast and YouTube versions (as well as two bits of our conversation).
Review: Fukushima 50 (2021)
Directed by: Setsurô Wakamatsu. Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kôichi Satô, Riho Yoshioka. Runtime: 2h. On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. The tsunami causes the situation, but the film Fukushima 50 is about the aftermath; where the workers at the power plant fought to prevent nuclear … Continue reading Review: Fukushima 50 (2021)