Guest Review: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Directed By: Ken Loach Written By: Paul Laverty Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy Runtime: 1 hr 40 minutes If film is a mirror on society then the sheer volume of recent movies about the ugliness of the post-GFC world is a reflection of the scale of devastation it has caused. Most are essays in poverty that explore …

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Quick thoughts on Oscars 2017… and that crazy Best Picture mixup!

Well this is the first year where the Oscars almost escaped me… It's funny, there's a line that my lead character said in my Hearts Want script, 'I don't give a f*** about the Oscars…' Well, it seems his um, lack of enthusiasm seems to have rubbed off on me a bit. Suffice to say, …

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Spotlight on BBC One’s miniseries SS-GB + Interview with actor Maximilian Dirr

This past Sunday, BBC One finally aired one of my most anticipated series (well it's a 5-part miniseries) starring my fave Yorkshireman Sam Riley. I've mentioned the project several times, including here and here. Naturally it'll make you think of Amazon’s Man in the High Castle but set in London. Based on the 1978 novel by Len …

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Guest Review: The Great Wall (2017)

Directed By: Yimou Zhang Written By: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy Runtime: 1 hr 43 minutes I’m so happy they cast Matt Damon as the lead in The Great Wall. Middle-aged white men are dangerously underrepresented in Hollywood nowadays, and giving recognition to a criminally underused actor was such a brave, progressive decision by …

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‘Project Eden Vol.1’ Premiere Recap + Interview with filmmakers Ashlee Jensen & Terrance Young

Last week had been quite a whirlwind… but in the most wonderful way. Last Wednesday 2/15, my hubby and I attended the premiere of Project Eden Vol. I, part of Twin Cities Film Fest' Insider Series event, with the cast and crew. It was a fun, festive night. It was lovely to chat a bit with the lovely …

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Guest Review: FENCES (2017)

Directed By: Denzel Washington Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo Runtime: 2 hrs 19 minutes The cinema year gone by was extraordinary for the richness of offerings centred on the African-American experience. Several of these films share a world once fenced off, notably Moonlight (2016), Loving (2016), and Hidden Figures (2016). The quality of these films …

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Indie Film Spotlight: ‘The Babymoon’ + Interview with writer/director Bailey Kobe & lead actress Julie McNiven

The Babymoon was one of the terrific indie films playing at Twin Cities Film Fest last year. I had missed seeing it on the big screen, but the lovely Kate Sloate over at Double Entente Films was kind enough to send me a screener link. Well, the film has just been released on Valentine’s Day, so it's …

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Indie Film Spotlight: ‘Project Eden Vol.1’ + Interview with lead actor Peter Christian Hansen

This is the first time I'm actually doing a three-part interview posts for a single film, but it's the first time I'm featuring an International production starring a pair of Twin Cities actors! This weekend I posted my interview with Emily Fradenburgh, the female lead of Project Eden Vol. I, so today I'm featuring the male …

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Indie Film Spotlight: ‘Project Eden Vol.1’ + Interview with lead actress Emily Fradenburgh

It's always a privilege when I get the chance to chat with indie filmmakers and actors from all over the world. I actually have heard from my dear friend Kirsten Gregerson, who has a small role in this movie, a year ago. Well, imagine my excitement when I heard that Twin Cities Film Fest is sponsoring …

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Guest Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

Written/Directed By: Tom Ford Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Runtime: 1 hr 56 minutes It is hard to adequately describe the opening scenes of the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016) but you will not forget them quickly. Picture, if you will, images of completely naked and generously sized women writhing rhythmically to a heavy beat …

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