I have been really bad about keeping this up to date and now there are so many things to list that I can’t actually list them all. Here then is a list of all the major highlights from Awesome Friday since the spring. Buckle up, it’s still going to be a long list!
Since March I have participated in four films festivals.
- 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage
- 9 Reviews + 1 video discussion
- 2021 Future of Film Showcase Coverage
- 1 post covering all short films in the program
- 2021 North Bend Film Festival Coverage
- 8 Reviews
- 2021 Fantasia Film Festival Coverage
- 14 Reviews + 2 interviews
The Awesome Friday Movie Podcast
Simon and I finally relaunched the podcast with an updated format where we (generally) discuss two things per episode. We’re 9 episodes in now!
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast Episode 1: ‘Black Widow’ & ‘Loki’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast Episode 2: ‘Blood Red Sky’ & ‘Settlers’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast Episode 3: ‘Beans’ & ‘Jungle Cruise’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast Episode 4: ‘Vivo’ & ‘The Suicide Squad’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: ‘Nine Days’ & ‘Marvel’s What If…’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: ‘Free Guy’ & ‘The Night House’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: Fantasia Festival Wrap Up Special!
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: ‘Candyman’ and ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’
- Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: ‘Kate’ & ‘Cruella’
Here are just a handful of the reviews I’ve written over the past several months, highlighting some of my favourite movies from the summer:
- Review: ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines’ continues Lord & Miller’s ongoing streak of great films
- Review: ‘Riders of Justice’ is dark, funny, and affecting
- Review: The first two episodes of ‘Loki’ set up an intriguing adventure
- Tribeca 2021 Review: ‘The Novice’ is a searing portrait of obsession
- Review: ‘Fear Street Part One: 1994’ is a superfun, 90s inspired teen slasher
- Review: ‘Pig’ is not the movie you are expecting, but is one of the best movies of the year
- North Bend 2021 Quick Reviews: ‘Cryptozoo’ and ‘Swan Song’
- Review: ‘The Green Knight’ grapples with temptation and virtue, cowardice and courage, and ends up one of the best films of the year
- Review: ‘Nine Days’ is a beautiful achievement
- Review: ‘Free Guy’ is a love letter to gaming and just the dose of summer fun we’ve been waiting for
- Fantasia ’21 Review: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes’ is a delightful twist on the time loop genre
- Review: ‘Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is Marvel’s best new character debut in ages
Howdy friends. It has been a quieter two weeks around AwesomeFriday HQ, but we have a closer look at the new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and WandaVision aired its antepenultimate and penultimate episodes. Woo, big words.
I’d like to once again thank each of you for the support, I appreciate each and every one of you.
The Snyder Cut:
So last time I wrote one of these Patron updates I said that I was planning on keeping to a bi-weekly schedule and at the time I totally meant it. But then I went through a difficult period at the ol’ day job and then I got super sick (but not, as two tests confirmed, with COVID) so here I am playing catch up.
Since mid January I’ve been able to view and review a whole bunch of films. Netflix and Apple account for some of them, and then I was able to cover the 2021 Victoria Film Festival as well. Despite getting sick before I could really get going with the festival, I did manage to conduct an interview with filmmakers Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli as well, which was a genuine pleasure even if I couldn’t breathe while we speaking.
As always I am ever grateful for your support. I know I say that every time but you know what? I mean it every time.
Links to recent posts:
- Review: ‘The White Tiger’ is a rags-to-riches story, but not a fairy tale
- Review: ‘Penguin Bloom’ is just fineReview: ‘Palmer’ is pretty good!
- Review: ‘The Dig’ is an unpretentious look at how the past affects the present
- Review: ‘Malcolm & Marie’ confirms Zendaya and John David Washington as major talents
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘Skyfire’ doesn’t make a lick of sense, but is still fun
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘Violation’ is a tense, uncomfortable twist on the rape-revenge genre
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venezuela’ is a heartbreaking look at a country in crisis
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘The Reason I Jump’ examines the world from the perspective of those with autism
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘The Secret Garden’ is gorgeous to look at but not much else.
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘Queen of the Andes’ explores big ideas with a micro budget
- Victoria Film Fest Review: ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’ tells of a woman’s awakening with mixed results
- Review: ‘Space Sweepers’ is exactly the kind of bonkers fun I want in my Sci-Fi right now
A Perfect Planet Coverage:
- Review: ‘A Perfect Planet’ Episode 4: Oceans
- Review: ‘A Perfect Planet’ Episode 5: ‘Humans’ brings the whole series together
- Recap & Review: ‘WandaVison’ Episode 3: The 1970s start to show some cracks in the walls
- Recap & Review: ‘WandaVision’ Episode 4 finally starts to tell us what is going on. Sort of.
- Recap & Review: WandaVision Episode 5, In Which Things Start to Take a Turn
- Recap & Review: ‘WandaVision’ Episode 6: Sibling shenanigans and raising stakes
Hello friends! It has been two weeks since I posted here, these updates work better for me as bi-weekly, but if you liked getting one every seven days please let me know.
January is off to a busy start, with four film reviews, continuing coverage of A Perfect Planet, and starting this past week coverage of the new Marvel series WandaVision. Disney gave me access to the first three episodes and I am very much digging that so far.
So far I have mostly been writing about things that I have seen but here’s question for you, dear supporters: What kind of things do you want to see? Rankings? Interviews? Trailer breakdowns? A return of the podcast? Let me know in the comments or on twitter.
In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone for their ongoing support. It truly does mean the world to me.
Links to recent posts:
- Review: ‘Pieces of a Woman’ has a tour de force performance from Vanessa Kirby
- Italian Film Fest Review: ‘Sin’ humanizes a legend
- Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ is a bit derivative but has some cool action
- Review: ‘Love Sarah’ is sweet, but underbaked
A Perfect Planet:
- Review: ‘A Perfect Planet’ Episode 2: ‘The Sun’ looks at how energy arrives on, and powers, life on the planet
- Review: ‘A Perfect Planet’ Episode 3: ‘Weather’ is what lets life thrive, at least until we change it
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.
- Review: ‘Soul’ cements Pete Docter as one of our great storytellers
- Review: ‘The Midnight Sky’ shoots for the stars, but ultimately misses
- WFF Quick Reviews: ‘Death of a Ladies Man’, ‘Between Waves’, and ‘Small Time’
- Review: ‘A Perfect Planet’ Episode 1: ‘Volcano’ is the start to another amazingly photographed, drama-filled BBC nature documentary
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.
- WFF Review: ‘You Will Remember Me’ is a heartbreaking story anchored by a fantastic central performance
- WFF Review: ‘ A Shot Through The Wall’ addresses issues with policing in America with mixed results
- Review: ‘Tenet’ is visually impressive but too clever by half.
- Recap & Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Episode 8: ‘The Rescue’ pulls out all the stops in the name of fan service
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.
Whistler Film Festival:
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!
- Review: ‘The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special’ is a fun ride through Star Wars history
- Review: ‘The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two’ is another fun holiday romp for Kurt Russell
- Recap & Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Episode 4: ‘The Siege’ brings back some fan favourites
- Review: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ brings us powerful performances by Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis