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DWF 2018 Interview – ‘Murder Made Easy’ Dynamic Duo Jessica Graham & Christopher Soren Kelly Provide Some Killer Insight

More likely than not, most people have either seen the work of or heard the names Jessica Graham and Christopher Soren Kelly.  Two multi-talented artists who have been dipping their creative toes into so many different endeavors for years, the pair has seemingly made it their mission in life to stay innovative and original.  On the movies front not only has the couple made numerous notable short films together wearing many different crew hats (see Monkeys and Chasseur!), but they’re also putting the final finishing touches on a sci-fi feature film called The Tangle.  Christopher is a writer, director and actor (see recent outing Infinity Chamber!) who also dabbles in teaching spiritual stuff, while actress/writer/filmmaker Jessica who also teaches meditation even has a new book out titled Good Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out.  (These two are busy bees!)  Continue reading ‘DWF 2018 Interview – ‘Murder Made Easy’ Dynamic Duo Jessica Graham & Christopher Soren Kelly Provide Some Killer Insight’

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Exclusive: ‘Marrowbone’ Five-Star Review PLUS Bonus Director Sergio G. Sánchez Q&A!

While it’s still early in the year, it seems five-star film fare of 2018 is alive and well.  The captivating new thriller Marrowbone (out April 13 In Theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes from Magnet Releasing) is the latest flick to exceed cinematic expectations (at least in this critic’s humble opinion!) and as such is the singular focus of this extra special article.  Marrowbone is a well-woven ghost story via The Impossible and The Orphanage writer Sergio G. Sánchez here making his directorial debut about four young siblings who work hard to become recluse inside the family home after their mother dies to avoid being separated – but their haunted homestead has some equally harrowing surprises.  The film features a myriad of tasty twists and turns, some wonderful visual style and a killer cast across the board including the likes of Mia Goth, George MacKay (so good in Captain Fantastic!), Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things fame and the always amazing Anya Taylor-Joy.  (She’s also in my other five-star favorite from this year Thoroughbreds!)  So to celebrate the upcoming release of one damn stellar piece of cinema below is my full dogs review of the film (I give movie credit where it’s due film fans!) plus for those eager for a little bit more insight I scored an exclusive interview with the maestro behind the movie writer/director Sergio G. Sánchez who chatted about everything from balancing the film’s dark and hopeful tone to his inspired casting of the members of the Marrowbone family foursome.  Highlighting awesome outings that deserve to be seen, here’s the skinny on…Marrowbone!

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Interview: Director Eric Stoltz Talks All About Helming Feature ‘Class Rank’ – Plus Acting Career Interview Bonus!

Many movie fans know artist Eric Stoltz from his myriad of layered acting roles on the big and small screen, but over the last few year the talented thespian has put his skills to work behind the camera.  Working as a director on hit shows like Glee, Private Practice and Nashville and also finding time to make some standout shorts, Stoltz has carved a name for himself as an adept director. His latest outing sees Stoltz tackling a full-length feature film called Class Rank, a quirky, funny and sweet story about two high school outsiders who find more than they bargain for when they decide to join forces to overtake the local school board.  The film has a killer cast (leads Skyler Gisondo and Olivia Holt are pitch perfect – plus some Bruce Dern action!), a whimsical style and also features rare music and a classical score that really elevates the piece.  I was so excited to highlight and share what is a fantastic early feature film for Stoltz (don’t believe us – it just recently won the Grand Jury Best US Narrative Feature at the illustrious Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa Bay, Florida!) that I jumped at the chance to dissect the flick more.  But of course being full a full-on movie geek I had to dig deep into some of his past pictures too, so what follows is some thoughtful chatter all about the charismatic Class Rank, plus a bonus career interview that can now be scratched off my bucket list.  Actor, director, producer and all around talented guy – welcome the awesome… Continue reading ‘Interview: Director Eric Stoltz Talks All About Helming Feature ‘Class Rank’ – Plus Acting Career Interview Bonus!’

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Interview: ‘Mohawk’ Director Ted Geoghegan And His Lethal Leading Lady Kaniehtiio Horn Talk About Teaming Up

Being a big fan of great films as well as the equally tasty turns within, the teaming of writer/director Ted Geoghegan and actress Kaniehtiio Horn is a big deal for yours truly.  The man behind the mind blowing haunted house opus We Are Still Here (which scored in my Top Ten Films of 2015!) and the gal who played one unforgettable needle-to-eye wielding serial killer in the standout segment Vision Stains via the anthology flick The Theatre Bizarre (a poignant performance that scored Horn a coveted spot on my Top Five Best Female Performances in 2011!) finally joining forces for a no-holds-barred thriller about a young tough female Mohawk warrior who is forced to fight American military renegades hell-bent on revenge – needless to say it’s a cinematic slam dunk.

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Interview: ‘Entanglement’ Star Jess Weixler On Off The Norm Characters, The Power Of ‘Teeth’ & Female Filmmakers On Her To-Do List

Anyone who knows me as a passionate movie geek knows I go professionally ga-ga over the layered work of actress Jess Weixler.  Having been on my movie radar since her groundbreaking turn as a teen with a little something extra in the vagina dentata steeped sleeper Teeth, the classically trained Juilliard graduate has gone on to create a multitude of memorable performances that do not disappoint.  From her chemistry ridden pairing with Jason Ritter in Peter And Vandy to her tasty turn as the sister of Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance Eleanor Rigby (Her and Them!) and even getting behind the camera to co-write and co-direct the quirky comedy Apartment Troubles (formerly Trouble Dolls!), Weixler and her work continue to captivate.  (Plus her five-star role in the sassy outing Free Samples earned her the coveted #1 spot on my Top Five Female Performances of 2012!)

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Interview: Indie Filmmaking Auteur Christopher Soren Kelly Invites Fans To Be A Part Of ‘The Tangle’

There are a myriad of notable elements that can make an indie outing standout. It could be stark stylistic visuals, a witty script or even pitch perfect performances that make the difference.  Or there’s Christopher Soren Kelly.  A wondrous mix of all of the above and then some, anyone who has been lucky enough to witness the short film work of the budding director/writer/acting auteur which includes the hard boiled Chasseur and kinetic Monkeys has come away with one word etched into the brain – master craftsman.  (Not to mention his fantastic performance-only turns in flicks like Ink and The Frame!)  The talented Kelly is finally putting the finishing touches on a new full-length feature film titled The Tangle and for any fan of original cinema it’s cause for cinematic celebration.

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‘The Tick’ Interview with Actor Michael Cerveris

The Tick is an Amazon Video series based on the satirical comic book series of the same name. Many will remember the animated series from the 90s and possibly the previous live-action attempt from the early 00s, but it is now back in possibly the most exciting form yet. For those unaware, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) is a superhero in a blue bug costume who arrives in a city known as “The City” to help fight crime. However, this take on the series actually focuses more on a former accountant named Arthur (Griffin Newman) who becomes The Tick’s sidekick as they fight various supervillains. I was lucky enough to interview some of the cast members of the series during San Diego Comic-Con. This interview features actor Michael Cerveris, who stars as Ramses IV, a gang ruler conducting crime with flare. Continue on to see the video where I question Michael about what Ramses IV aspires to as the costumed gangster.

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‘The Tick’ Interview with Actor Scott Speiser

The Tick is an Amazon Video series based on the satirical comic book series of the same name. Many will remember the animated series from the 90s and possibly the previous live-action attempt from the early 00s, but it is now back in possibly the most exciting form yet. For those unaware, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) is a superhero in a blue bug costume who arrives in a city known as “The City” to help fight crime. However, this take on the series actually focuses more on a former accountant named Arthur (Griffin Newman) who becomes The Tick’s sidekick as they fight various supervillains. I was lucky enough to interview some of the cast members of the series during San Diego Comic-Con. This interview features actor Scott Speiser, who stars as Overkill, a villain who loves bringing death into the equation. Continue on to see the video where I challenge Scott to go over the joys of playing evil.

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‘The Tick’ Interview with Actor Jackie Earle Haley

The Tick is an Amazon Video series based on the satirical comic book series of the same name. Many will remember the animated series from the 90s and possibly the previous live-action attempt from the early 00s, but it is now back in possibly the most exciting form yet. For those unaware, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) is a superhero in a blue bug costume who arrives in a city known as “The City” to help fight crime. However, this take on the series actually focuses more on a former accountant named Arthur (Griffin Newman) who becomes The Tick’s sidekick as they fight various supervillains. I was lucky enough to interview some of the cast members of the series during San Diego Comic-Con. This interview features actor Jackie Earle Haley, who stars as The Terror, a global super villain. Continue on to see the video where I question just what makes The Terror so terrifying.

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DWFF 2017 Interview – Captivating “Cassidy Red” Actress Abby Eiland Talks Westerns, Female Grit And Becoming Something Dangerous

There’s nothing better than a no-nonsense leading lady force to be reckoned with to make a wild west yarn even wilder.  But add to that a careful character layering that also infuses equal amounts of passion, romance, heart and grit and you’ve got one dynamic and long lingering female performance that demands to be seen and praised.  Such is the fate of the terrific turn by actress-to-watch-for Abby Eiland via the Dances With Films 2017 recently screened dramatic western set against the 19th century American Southwest titled Cassidy Red.  Eiland plays Josephine “Joe” Cassidy, a headstrong daughter of a prostitute and a gunslinger who heads into town with skills and singular vengeance in mind when she finds out her lover has been gunned down – and she’s not happy.

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BHFF 2017 Interview – “The Girl Who Invented Kissing” Actor Dash Mihok Talks Character, Honesty And Daring To Differentiate

For someone still early in their career, actor Dash Mihok has certainly wasted no time stacking up an impressive cache of credits.  And while most fans know Mihok from his prolific work as the flawed young brother Bunchy to Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan on the hit Showtime series, cinefiles like myself have also relished his various big screen endeavors.  Working with the likes of Baz Luhrmann, Terrence Malik and Wolfgang Peterson and playing memorable roles in notable flicks like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Day After Tomorrow and Silver Linings Playbook, Mihok is the epitome of the hard working actor who shows no signs of stopping.  But it’s his latest performance playing an over-protective brother who has become mentally challenged due to an accident in the new film from writer/director Tom Sierchio called The Girl Who Invented Kissing that could launch Mihok into a new category – award winning actor.  (He already deservedly nabbed the Best Actor Award at the recent Beverly Hills Film Festival 2017 for his performance – a sign of things to come for sure!)  His carefully constructed character is so utterly effective and at the same time so completely relatable that he almost steals the already amazing film.   Continue reading ‘BHFF 2017 Interview – “The Girl Who Invented Kissing” Actor Dash Mihok Talks Character, Honesty And Daring To Differentiate’

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Interview: Legendary Director Walter Hill Talks The Assignment, Ry Cooder and A Career Of Memorable Movies

In terms of iconic directors with a rich filmography to die for, nobody is more notable than the legendary Walter Hill.  A seasoned filmmaker with a long list of bold flicks (his first flick right out of the gate was Hard Times with the equally cool Charles Bronson!), huge hits (48 Hrs. introduced an already talented Eddie Murphy to big screen success!) and hidden gems (Johnny Handsome is a cinematic diamond in the rough!) that certainly solidify his standing as one of the all time greats, Hill is a multi-talented writer/producer/director who shows no signs of stopping. Continue reading ‘Interview: Legendary Director Walter Hill Talks The Assignment, Ry Cooder and A Career Of Memorable Movies’

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Sundance 2017 – “Bad Day For The Cut” Director Chris Baugh Talks Revenge (Plus Bonus Five-Star Review!)

sundance squareAfter a few underwhelming film false starts for me via the famed Sundance Film Festival 2017 (those reviews coming later!) I recently came upon a mecca movie here in Park City in the form of a five-star fabulous flick.  The movie in question goes by the name of Bad Day For The Cut, but fortunately for film fans it’s proves to be one good night at the movies.  An Irish import and official selection for this year’s Midnight Section, the film is about an average farmer who decides to seek some revenge for the murder of his mother.  Steeped in bold black comedy, colorful kills and bloody satisfaction, Bad Day For The Cut also features tasty turns by leading man Nigel O’Neill as the payback seeking son and Susan Lynch as the truly nasty baddie of the piece. Continue reading ‘Sundance 2017 – “Bad Day For The Cut” Director Chris Baugh Talks Revenge (Plus Bonus Five-Star Review!)’

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Slamdance 2017 Interview: Dynamic Directing Duo Behind “Who Is Arthur Chu?” Talk Doc

Slamdance Square copyIt’s that time of year film festival fans – Park City movies time!  That’s right, yours truly will be covering both the Sundance Film Festival (stay tuned!) and the even more illustrious Slamdance Film Festival for the great WhySoBlu.com to include reviews, interviews and even special stuff you won’t see anywhere else.  (A very cool announcement coming this week!)  But since the films are coming fast and furious (an on purpose movie pun!) even before the festivals star let’s get this ride underway!

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Return Of The Living Dead 3 Blu-ray Day w/Brian Yuzna & Friends!

return squareWith my Blu-ray collecting cohort Brandon Peters having already covered all things Return Of The Living Dead 3 via the recent Vestron Video Collector’s Series release (check out his detailed review HERE!) it felt like all hope of obtaining my own cool copy was as illusive as fresh brains.  But just like the creatures in the film you can’t keep a demonic dream down and desire of owning my own dose of Trioxin not only came to fruition, but it was signature city baby via the recent Return Of The Living Dead 3 Blu-ray Day!  Yup, yours truly headed down to the genre happy Dark Delicacies for an amazing and star-studded event did not disappoint.  On hand to sign both copies of the new Blu-ray as well as other collectable items from the Return Of The Living Dead 3 family included Director Brian Yuzna, Writer John Penney, Director of Photography Gerry Lively and iconic Make-Up Effects legend Steve Johnson.  All signed stuff, chatted with fans and made the release of the new Collector’s Series all the sweeter.  Below is a cool photo tour of the event from start to finish (ending with my own copy signed!), plus a short interview with the amazing Brian Yuzna to boot – read on return fans! Continue reading ‘Return Of The Living Dead 3 Blu-ray Day w/Brian Yuzna & Friends!’

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Interview: ‘Search Engines’ Star Daphne Zuniga Talks Technology, The Initiation And A Long Career Of Learning

daphne squareIf there’s an actress that exemplifies both beauty and charisma while still creating cool characters to root for it’s definitely Daphne Zuniga.  So much more than just a pretty face with a slightly smoky voice (though both are breathtaking still to this day!), the highly underrated Zuniga has been captivating audiences with her memorable performances for decades.  From her early work as John Cusack’s lovable and spirited sparring partner in The Sure Thing to her iconic turn as the self-involved Princess Vespa in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Star Wars send up Spaceballs, the talented Zuniga has a knack for making every project she’s involved with just that much more satisfying.  (And I may be a movie guy with a singular cinema focus, but even I know she made Melrose Place worth watching!)

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Interview: Filmmaker John Fallon Talks Getting Personal and Showing A Story With His Feature Debut “The Shelter”

shelter squareNo matter what creative entertainment endeavor he takes on, at the end of the day John Fallon is a guy who truly loves movies.  Be it his groundbreaking start as the famed critic “Arrow” of the popular horror film site Arrow in the Head, his myriad of acting roles over the years (check out his notable work in both Eric Red’s 100 Feet and David Cholewa’s Dead Shadows!) or his slew of scripts made into feature films (see American Muscle and Trance with Dominique Swain!), Fallon has been immersed in all things cinema for a very long time.  But being a student of the technical aspects of filmmaking as well, Fallon has added one more moniker to his impressive array of talents – director.  His feature film debut is a suspenseful little Polanski inspired indie he both wrote and directed entitled The Shelter (opening in theaters and digital Nov. 4 from Uncork’d Entertainment) and stars Streets of Fire and Eddie and the Cruisers alum Michael Paré as a down and out homeless man who happens upon a seemingly inviting empty house that proves to be anything but.

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Interview: “London Town” Director Derrick Borte Talks Coming Of Age With The Clash

london squareThose of us who dig cool cinematic coming age stories know that the great ones almost always use era for inspiration.  Be it the last day of school in the 70’s via Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused or the 80’s ridden tale of love found and lost with Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything, true tales of teen woe frequently involve a plethora of outside influences.  Such is the case with the outstanding new film London Town (out Oct. 7 in select theaters, iTunes and VOD from IFC Films), a flick set in the turbulent times of England 1979 and at the height of the Punk music movement.  The story itself centers around a young 14-year-old boy named Shay who, amidst being forced to grow up fast due to family obligations, one day is exposed to the colorful and thoughtful music of The Clash and it changes his life forever.   Continue reading ‘Interview: “London Town” Director Derrick Borte Talks Coming Of Age With The Clash’

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