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FOLLOWING FILMS PODCAST: Will Battersby and Diane Shader Smith on SALT IN MY SOUL

  SALT IN MY SOUL will be released on VOD in the US, Canada, and UK & Ireland and key territories worldwide on January 25. Based on the posthumously published bestselling memoir of the same name, the film takes you inside the mind of a young woman who tries to live a full life while dying.  Mallory Smith was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. In her twenty five-year battle with the deadly disease, she carved out a life that most of us don’t come close to. Using Mallory’s posthumously published 25,000-page secret diaries, hundreds of hours of newly discovered footage, and audio recordings, the film offers Mallory as the narrator of her own extraordinary chronicle. Today I chat with director Will Battersby and Mallory's mother Diane Shader Smith about their film

Sundance 2022: SPEAK NO EVIL REVIEW

If some films are warm blankets designed to offer its viewers a sense of peace, SPEAK NO EVIL is a flaming burlap sack whose purpose is to deliver an overwhelmingly Ill at ease sense of dread that grows with every moment of its 90 min runtime. While on vacation in Tuscany, a polite, well-meaning family strikes up a fast friendship with a family from the Netherlands. Months later, when an invitation arrives encouraging the Danish family to visit the Dutch in their countryside home, after some hesitation from the mom about the potential for an awkward or uncomfortable trip the husband convinces her it will be fun and they decide to go for it.  Free-spirited and adventurous, the Dutch welcome the Danes for the weekend, channeling an energy that rouses their visitors as drinks flow and they start to let loose. But what begins as an idyllic reunion soon takes a turn as the hosts increasingly test the limits of their houseguests. Now the Danes find themselves caught in a web of their own pol

RLJE Films to Release I AM MORTAL on DVD and Blu-ray on March 1, 2022

I AM MORTAL will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 1, 2022. The film had a theatrical run in November 2021.  Directed by Tony Aloupis (Safelight), this thrilling young adult dystopian sci-fi drama asks the question: If you could have immortality, what would you be willing to give up? The film stars Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, “Gilmore Girls”), Eloise Smyth (“Harlots,” How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Abraham Lewis (“Guerrilla”), John Harlan Kim (“9-1-1,” “The Librarians”), Nina Kiri (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Nia Sioux (“Dance Moms”), and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (“No Good Nick,” “Liv and Maddie”). I AM MORTAL is set 200 years in the future when the human race has achieved immortality through a genetic vaccine. All war, violence and crime has been eradicated, but in this utopian society a small band of rebels have formed to overthrow the status quo and reclaim their right to die.

Following Films Podcast: Paul Solet on CLEAN

  Today I'm joined by Paul Solet to discuss his upcoming crime/thriller, CLEAN. The film is a passion project for Academy Award winning actor ADRIEN BRODY (The French Dispatch, HBO’s “Succession,” The Pianist) who not only stars in the film, but also produced, co-wrote the screenplay and composed the score. The film is developed through Brody’s production company Fable House. CLEAN will be in theaters and everywhere you rent and buy movies on January 28, 2022. For more information go to  https://www.clean.movie

KING KNIGHT starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Angela Sarafyan, Andy Milonakis - In Select Theaters, On Demand & Digital Feb. 17th

  Starring:  Matthew Gray Gubler, Angela Sarafyan, Andy Milonakis, Kate Comer, Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, Nelson Franklin, Emily Chang, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Swati Kapila, Shane Brady, AnnaLynne McCord, Alice Glass, with Barbara Crampton, and Ray Wise Directed and Written By: Richard Bates, Jr.  Thorn (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Matthew Gray Gubler) and Willow appear to have it all as the revered high priest and priestess of a coven of new age witches. But a secret from Thorn’s past throws their lives into turmoil and sends them on a trippy, hilarious journey. In Select Theaters, On Demand and Digital: February 17, 2022

SUNDANCE 2022: Barton Cortright on THE CATHEDRAL

  Today I had the chance to speak with cinematographer Barton Cortright about his work on the Sundance 2022 film THE CATHEDRAL. Starring Brian d’Arcy James, The Cathedral follows an only child's meditative, impressionistic account of an American family's rise and fall over two decades. It was Bart’s job to work with the film’s director, Ricky D’Ambrose, to create a dark film with natural light to highlight the melancholy feel of the film. Part semi-autobiographical portrait and part-catalog of the objects, people, and moments that characterized some 20 years of America, this film is about growing up on Long Island and family dysfunction. Due to the nature of the film, the majority of it was shot inside a home, making lighting vital to the storytelling. Bart was very selective with the lighting choices as he wanted to make the film look as unlit and natural as possible. As such, he worked closely with his gaffer to ensure all of the light came through lighting sources from outsi

Deaf Crocodile Announces New Acquisitions As Part Of “Russian Fantastika” Restoration Collection — Feat. ILYA MUROMETS (THE SWORD & THE DRAGON), SAMPO (THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, ZEROGRAD (ZERO CITY)

That image was all I needed, then I watched the trailer... this is easily one of my most highly anticipated films of the year now. This summer cannot come soon enough check out the press release and trailer below! Deaf Crocodile, in association with distribution partner Seagull Films, announced today the acquisition of a trio of celebrated Russian titles.  The companies will jointly release 4K restorations of famed Russian fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s stunning 1956 medieval epic ILYA MUROMETS (THE SWORD & THE DRAGON), and his mystical 1959 Finnish/Soviet co-production SAMPO (THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE), as well as a 2K restoration of director Karen Shakhnazarov’s 1988 Kafkaesque satire ZEROGRAD (ZERO CITY). ILYA MUROMETS and ZEROGRAD will be released in collaboration with legendary Russian studio Mosfilm, which restored them recently.  SAMPO has been restored by KAVI - the Finnish National Audiovisual Institute.  All three films will be released in summer 2022 theatrically, d

Oh My Glob! - Just Announced - Adventure Time: Distant Lands Is Coming To Blu-ray & DVD March 8

Oh My Glob! Get ready embark on a magical journey through the Land of Ooo and beyond when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the Emmy-nominated Max Original, Adventure Time: Distant Lands to Blu-ray and DVD on March 8, 2022. Based on the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning animated series, Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Adam Muto, Adventure Time is a critically acclaimed series that garnered numerous accolades over its 10 season run on Cartoon Network. Originally airing on HBO Max, Adventure Time: Distant Lands is among the streamer’s most popular original animated series/specials. Adventure Time: Distant Lands is produced by Cartoon Network Studios. With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Adventure Time: Distant Lands Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 4 episodes in high definition. FOUR SPECIALS BMO - follows the lovable little robot from Adventure Time. When there's

10 Films I'll be Watching at SUNDANCE 2022

SPEAK NO EVIL While on holiday in Tuscany, a Danish family becomes fast friends with a fellow traveling family from the Netherlands. Months later, when an invitation arrives encouraging the Danish family to visit the Dutch in their countryside home, they don’t hesitate to plan a quick getaway. Free-spirited and adventurous, the Dutch welcome the Danes for the weekend, channeling an energy that rouses their visitors as drinks flow and they start to let loose. But what begins as an idyllic reunion soon takes a turn as the hosts increasingly test the limits of their houseguests. Now the Danes find themselves caught in a web of their own politeness, trying to understand whether their new friends are merely eccentric... or hiding something more sinister. Christian Tafdrup directs a brilliantly provocative and simmering satirical work of horror, indicting the two sides as he sets up his characters for an unnerving descent into darkness. Both wickedly close to home and exceedingly strange, Sp

FOLLOWING FILMS Podcast: Renata Pinheiro & Sergio Oliveira on KING CAR

Today I'm joined by Renata Pinheiro & Sergio Oliveira to discuss their film KING CAR Renata Pinheiro is a Brazilian film director and visual artist. Graduated in visual arts at UFPE, she was a resident artist at John Moore University, UK; and studied at INA, (Institut National de L’audivisuel). She’s known for her ability to build emotional narratives out of daring and vigorous imagistic constructions. Joining the dynamism of her dramaturgy, the fascinating imagery and also her bold creativity, Renata’s movies are taking one step ahead on the universality of visual language. KING CAR is one of her far-ranging goals to rear a movie that dialogues with elements of science fiction, action, and thriller. In 2017 Renata, together with Sergio Oliveira, released AÇÚCAR in the IFFR 2018. Her first feature, LOVE, PLASTIC AND NOISE (2013), debuted in Brasília Film Fest in which it won three awards. The film was also exhibited in Indie Lisboa and Abraffty Fest in Canada, where it earned t