Low Tide centers on several teenage boys (Keean Johnson, Alex Neustaedter, Daniel Zolghadri) who rob houses from out-of-towners on the Jersey Shore. When Alan’s (Johnson) younger brother Peter (Jaeden Martell) stumbles on a stash of gold coins during one of their excursions, all bets are off when greed and betrayal enter the picture. Alex Neustaedter had my attention several years back after his memorable performance in the Meg Ryan directed feature Ithaca, and in the interview he talked about that experience as well as his time on Low Tide.
The Colombia set thriller/epic Monos is my favorite film of this year, and during my interview with Julianne Nicholson she briefly discussed her #1 movie (Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie, which stars Dustin Hoffman). Take a listen below!
Filmmaker/producer Jason Winer (Modern Family, Arthur) has a ton on his plate this days with the release of his indie romantic comedy Ode to Joy and the fall release of NBC’s Perfect Harmony (he’s an executive producer and also directed the pilot). During our interview, we talked about the inner workings of Ode to Joy, a New York set feature that is headlined by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, Black Panther) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland)
Written and directed by Casey Affleck, Light of My Life centers on Rag (Anna Pniowsky), an 11-year-old who has spent most of her life traveling with her father (Casey Affleck). A pandemic has led to a near extinction of women, and her father will go to all lengths to ensure Rag’s survival. My interview with Pniowsky, whose credits include the Hulu series PEN15 and the upcoming feature Judy Small, is below.
In After The Wedding, Julianne Moore stars as Theresa, a philanthropist and head of high powered New York media company who has a ton of responsibilities on her plate. At the top of her list is her daughter’s (Abby Quinn) wedding in a few days as well as a meeting with Isabel (Michelle Williams), the woman who runs a financially strapped Kolkata orphanage. Theresa is more than just a benefactor to Isabel’s orphanage, and Isabel ultimately understands why she is forced to return to New York and forge an even deeper connection with Theresa’s family.
As a huge Western fan, I appreciated director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s latest feature The Outsider. Asians are rarely featured in the genre, and Jon Foo is actually the film’s lead. Couple that interesting element and pair solid work from vets Trace Adkins (Hickok, which Woodward Jr. also directed) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), and you have a pretty promising film. I ended up digging the film, and check out my post below as Woodward Jr. talks about the challenging but ultimately gratifying journey of making The Outsider.