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
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! 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!
- Review: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ has great performances from Glenn Close and Amy Adams, but doesn’t elevate itself to being something special
- Review: ‘The Real Right Stuff’ revels in the heroism of the first American astronauts
- Review: ‘The Life Ahead’ is a showcase for Sophia Loren and newcomer Ibrahima Gueye
- Recap & Review: The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3: ‘The Heiress’ is a shorter, but more intense episode
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.
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.
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.
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
- Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Hall’ is a good idea held back by glacial pacing
- Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Bloodthirsty’ is a slow burn with a bloody payoff
- Blood in the Snow Review: ‘The Return’ puts a sci-fi spin on a supernatural story
- Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Parallel Minds’ looks at our near future through an indigenous lens
- Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Come True’ doesn’t stick the landing, but it’s a leap worth taking
- Home Video, Halloween Edition: 14 films and 5 binge-watches for your Halloween weekend
- The Mandalorian Season One Recap
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!Become a Patron!
This weeks posts:
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.Continue reading “Awesome Friday: Montreal Fantasia Festival 2020 Roundup”