Happy new year friends! Apologies for the late update, but the holiday season got away from me a little bit. 2020 was a mixed bag on most fronts, but it turns out it was a great year for movies, with the lack of big tentpole screenings opening up doors to so many more indie and mid-level films, the results speak for themselves. The biggest piece I’ve written lately is my year-end best-of list. There are eleven films in my top ten, as well as several honourable mentions, as well as six performers I loved in 2020.
Additionally, there are a few reviews to catch up on since the last time I updated you, including one of 2020s best films and the start of weekly reviews of the latest BBC Earth documentary series.
I have a few irons in the fire for 2021 and I can’t wait to see where it takes us. Thanks once again for your support on this adventure!
Greetings friends! Another solid week of writing here at Awesome Friday HQ.
Since last time we were here I’ve had the opportunity to review two films from the Whistler Film Festival, I finally saw Tenet, and the season finale of The Mandalorian underwhelmed me.
Once again I’d like to thank each of you for your readership, and if you are a patron I’d like to thank you for that too. I really like doing this and I appreciate every penny that helps me keep doing it.
This week coming I have a few pieces coming, but also it’s Christmas so from me to you: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Jubilant Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Festivus, or whatever you celebrate I hope it’s a good one.
Greetings friends. Apologies for not having updated last week. Real-life, man. It’s a thing!
Since the last update, your patronage has helped me write eight pieces. Four reviews from Disney+, Netflix, and AppleTV+ (including a review of WolfWalkers, one of the best movies of the year) plus recaps of the last two episodes of The Mandalorian (the most recent of which was the best of this season so far).
I’m also attending this year’s virtual edition of the Whistler Film Festival, which for me started with one of the best Canadian films I’ve seen this year.
It’s been a pretty good two weeks, is what I am saying. Thank you again for your ongoing support, I greatly appreciate it,d and I love you all.
Review: ‘Godmothered’ has its heart in the right place
Review: ‘Mank’ is a love letter to old Hollywood
Review: ‘Wolfwalkers’ beautiful Irish fairy tale is one of the best animated features of 2020
Review: ‘Safety’; The first Disney+ sports movie is a safe bet
Whistler Film Festival:
Heads up Canada: Whistler Film Festival is on!
WFF Review: ‘Souterrain / Underground’ is one of the best Canadian films of the year
Recap & Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2, Episode 6: ‘The Tragedy’ is a fun ride to a predictable ending
Recap & Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Episode 7: ‘The Believer’ couples good action with good character development
Three items for your reading pleasure this past week, and I hope you enjoy them! An updated classic from Disney+, Canada’s Oscar contender, and the latest episode of The Mandalorian.
Hello, again, my friends. This week I wrote four things for your reading pleasure, and each of those pieces is to tell you that I liked something. Lego and Star Wars made a fun holiday special, Kurt Russell is back as Santa, and Chadwick Boseman’s final performance is simply full of life.
I hope you enjoy them!
Greetings friends! This week on Awesome Friday I covered four new things for your reading and viewing pleasure. The latest Ron Howard movie, a documentary about the Mercury Seven, the return to screen for Sophia Loren, and the latest episode of The Mandalorian.
I hope you enjoy!
Greetings friends! This was a slower week on Awesome Friday, but your support helped bring three pieces this week.
First, I had the pleasure of speaking with Canadian horror director Amelia Moses about her new film Bloodthirsty, which screened as a part of Blood in the Snow Film Festival. This was the second time I’ve spoken to Amelia, and she was a blast to speak to both times.
Blood in the Snow Inteview: Amelia Moses on her film Bloodthirsty
Second, last years festival darling Saint Frances is headed to a VOD release in Canada this week and I got to take an early look.
Review: ‘Saint Frances’ is an honest look at adulthood
And third, a recap and review of the second episode of the second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+. If you missed Baby Yoda last week, I have god news for you this week.
Recap & Review: The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 2: ‘The Passenger’ is all The Child, all the time.
Every pair of eyeballs on my work and every cent of support is greatly appreciated and I thank you all for it. If you are already a patron, thank you. If you are not, and you like what you’re reading, please consider becoming one. Thank you.
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Greetings friends! This week on Awesome Friday I covered a few films and series.
This week continued coverage of the Blood in the Snow horror film festival, as well as a review of the Netflix original His House, and a recap and review of the second season premiere of The Mandalorian.
As always, thank you all for your readership, and if you like what you are reading please consider throwing some support my way. Every dollar counts toward helping me do this thing I love doing.
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Blood in the Snow Festival Coverage
This week has been a big one here at Awesome Friday HQ as my biggest project since the blog relaunch was posted this week. I watched all 31 Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episodes and ranked all 93 segments from my least to most favourite. It was no small feat and game together over the course of a few weeks leading up to the broadcast of this years edition, which as it turned out, was pretty good!
This week also saw the start of my coverage of the 2020 Blood in the Snow festival, which features Canadian horror films broadcast this year via SuperChannel.
Also this week, a review of the new Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit, as well as a new short film from Disney, and the new Sofia Coppola film On the Rocks from AppleTV+.
I want to take this to say thank you to each one of you. I greatly appreciate the support, and I’m working hard to bring you interesting stuff. As always, if you are not already a supporter, please consider becoming one. Every dollar helps me keep doing this thing I love. Thanks!
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This weeks posts:
Review: ‘On The Rocks’ has Bill Murray and Rashida Jones exploring how the comfort of a relationship can sometimes be the problem (AppleTV+)
All 93 Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Segments, RankedHeads Up Canada: Blood in the Snow Film Festival is coming!
Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Anything for Jackson’ is a story about love taken to the wrong extremes
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 3 Credits Sequence
Review: Anya Taylor-Joy is truly magnetic in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ (Netflix)
Blood in the Snow Review: ‘For the Sake of Vicious’ starts slow but ends big
Review: ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ is a clever and cute new short from Disney+ (Disney+)
This post is a little late but I once again covered the Vancouver International Film Fest this year!
The 2020 Edition was hosted 99% online, and I was able to see more than 20 films. I also conducted several interviews. Additionally, I joined Thomas from For Reel Movie News & Review and Leanne McClaren from QM/FM had a lovely video roundtable to talk about our festival favourites.
Continue reading “Awesome Friday: 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival Roundup!”