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.
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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.
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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.
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That’s right folks, I was able to cover Montreal’s Fantasia Festival this year. The 2020 Edition was entirely online and I was able to watch more than 20 movies. I also conducted two interviews and wrote about my favourites.
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Yes, I finally redesigned the ol’ movie blog.
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The franchise rewatch continues with the next four movies: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever.
It can’t have been easy being the first actor to step into the role of Bond after Sean Connery decided to leave. In many ways, I think George Lazenby was probably doomed from the start. People loved Connery, and he wasn’t Connery. In order to overcome that the film would have to have been an absolute banger, and it, well, isn’t. Or at least it isn’t that kind of movie.
It’s easy, looking back, to see why people didn’t really dig On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It’s a little melancholy, and it doesn’t have the same air of escapism as the previous entries. There is still tons of sex, but most of the film has Bond surviving on his wits rather than gadgets.
Here’s the thing though: it’s good.
In anticipation of the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, being released this spring I decided to re-watch the entire James Bond franchise from the start. Here is Part One!
In each of the last few years, I have re-watched a franchise. If you follow my Letterboxd you might have noticed this. One year it was Star Trek, another it was Star Wars, and another it was Mission: Impossible. This year it’s going to be James Bond.
With 24 films in the franchise proper and a 25th due in April of this year, this is no small undertaking, especially if I am going to blog about them as I go. Why haven’t I blogged these in the past? Because I had an idea of what I wanted this blog to be and I have resolved to change that here in this new decade.
So what follows will be whatever I feel it needs to be after watching each James Bond film. I am going to watch them in order, and I am most likely going to stick to the main EON produced films in the franchise. Some of them will get some deep thought, others maybe not so much. I don’t have a real plan besides watch, write about each, and then finish up with some kind of conclusion.
So if that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into then let’s get started on this journey with the first three entries in the franchise: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger
I haven’t done this in a few years but this year I have declared my most anticipated movies of the year. I’ll revisit the list at the end of the year to see how things panned out!
Every year is a good year for movies but every year there are always those few you are really looking forward to. Here is my list of those movies.
Will these end up being my favourite movies of the year? Who knows! Probably not! The only movies that we know anything about as far away as December are the big-budget blockbusters with marketing pockets so deep we can start hearing about them now. There are hundreds of movies per year that don’t have that.
This list should probably be re-titled “most anticipated big-budget films”, really.
Every year I come up with a list of my favourite films and 2019 was no different. As I usually do, I came up with two lists to end the year. My favourite films (and performers) of 2019 and then a follow up best of the rest post. Oh, and since I didn’t actually post one from 2018, I wrote my 2018 favourites as well.
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