I’m a sucker for gangster films, and director Danny A. Abeckaser (First We Take Brooklyn) refreshingly subverts the genre by telling the story through the eyes of state trooper Ed Croswell (David Arquette) in Mob Town. Check out my interview below with Abeckaser as he talked about the challenges of directing as well as acting in his sophomore feature.
If you need a bit of grounded reality in a comic book/dystopian future driven flick, Code 8 fits the bill. Directed by Jeff Chan from his 2016 short, the narrative centers on Connor (Robbie Amell), a young man who uses his powers (he can manipulate electricity) to join a criminal outfit and use his earnings to pay for his dying mother’s (Cari Matchett) medical bills. My interview with Amell, as well as more info on the film, is below!
One of my major gripes with comic book films lies in the overall stakes of the game. Although Earth or maybe even the universe is in danger, the main superheroes often live to fight another day. Code 8 throws a highly welcome wrench to the proceedings, as the superhumans are now behind the proverbial eight ball, and their lives are precariously hanging in the balance.
Dark Waters is in the tradition of movies where the common man, or woman, has to fight powerful forces. The viewer will quickly think back to movies like Silkwood, The Insider, and Erin Brockovich. Surprisingly, the movie that bears the strongest resemblance to Dark Waters is All The President’s Men. This movie is all about a man (Marc who is part of the system, learning the truth about things he never dreamed of, slowly losing his faith in the “company line”, the mythologies of his life, and deciding to fight against seemingly insurmountable odds. If this seems like familiar dramatic territory, it is, but well-told.
Directed and co-penned by David Guy Levy, The Mandela Effect centers on a game designer named Brendan (Charlie Hofheimer) who attempts to find meaning in his life after the death of his daughter (Madeleine McGraw). Though his wife Claire (Aleksa Palladino) and brother-in-law Matt (Robin Lord Taylor) lend their emotional support to Brendan, he believes a grander plan is at hand. Check out my Q&A with Palladino and Lord Taylor below, as they talked about collaborating with Levy and discussed a few other projects that are on the horizon!
Black Widow takes place between the events of Civil War and Infinity War, so maybe a rewatch of Captain America: Civil War is due once Black Widow hits theaters May 1, 2020. I’m absolutely all in with this film just from watching the teaser trailer, and my thoughts as well as the clip are below!
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) produced and stars in 21 Bridges, the story of a police officer (Boseman) who has Manhattan closed off as he and his colleagues attempt to find a couple of cop killers (Taylor Kitsch, Stephan James). During a recent interview, Boseman talked about the physically taxing work schedule of 21 Bridges and the lasting impact of Black Panther.
The Shed has a great concept for a straight line horror flick, but director Frank Sabatella opted for more layered and resonant storyline. That gamble definitely pays off, and during our 10-minute phoner he talked about why, as much as he loved horror for horror’s sake, there are much more cinematic tools (pun intended) to be found in The Shed.