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Following Films Podcast: Dane Elcar on BRIGHTWOOD

Today we are joined by director/writer Dane Elcar to discuss his film BRIGHTWOOD Jen and Dan’s marriage is on the rocks with Jen seriously thinking about ending it for good. But when the pair go on a jog around a local pond in an attempt to hash things out, they find themselves running in circles as the exit trail vanishes and they repeatedly return to the same spot.Being stuck together in an endless loop would be bad enough, but when a silent hooded killer appears and starts tracking them down, the couple must figure out how to survive -- together or apart. Here is my conversation with Dane. BRIGHTWOOD will be available on VOD and DVD on August 22nd.

SHAKY SHIVERS: A Nostalgic Ride into Campy Horror Comedy?

As someone who has yet to experience the "cinematic rollercoaster" that is SHAKY SHIVERS, the press release paints a vivid picture of an intriguing fusion between horror and comedy. Directed by Sung Kang, a familiar face from the adrenaline-pumping Fast and Furious franchise, this horror comedy marks a significant departure for the actor, showcasing his creative versatility beyond the realm of high-octane action sequences. The movie's synopsis introduces us to Lucy and Karen, played by newcomers Brooke Markham and Vyvy Nguyen, set against the backdrop of a mundane life at a local ice cream parlor, their world takes an unexpected and mystifying turn when Lucy finds herself bitten by a mysterious creature. The premise teases the possibility of a nightmarish transformation into a werewolf, and Lucy teams up with her unwavering friend Karen to confront the fantastical challenge that has crossed their path. What grabs my attention is the promise of an original storyline that t

Following Films Podcast: Jeff L. Lieberman on Bella!

  Today we are joined by director Jeff L Lieberman, to discuss his work on the documentary film Bella! Using never-before-seen home movies, audio diaries, and a vast trove of newly-discovered news footage, Bella! delves into a colorful and gritty era where one woman sacrificed her own political ambitions for future generations of female leadership. Bella Abzug’s story is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Bella!will open theatrically in New York on Friday, August 18, 2023 at the Village East by Angelika and in Los Angeles on Friday, August 25, 2023 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center. 

Mayor Eric Adams has proclaimed that Friday, August 18, 2023 will be Bella Abzug Day in honor of the World Premiere of BELLA!.

Mayor Eric Adams has proclaimed that Friday, August 18, 2023 will be Bella Abzug Day in honor of the World Premiere of BELLA!.  Bella Abzug, whose full name is Bella Savitsky Abzug, was an American lawyer, politician, and women's rights activist. She was born on July 24, 1920, and passed away on March 31, 1998. Abzug is best known for her outspoken advocacy for civil rights, women's rights, and social justice. Abzug gained prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as a fierce advocate for women's equality and empowerment. She was a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus and played a significant role in promoting women's participation in politics. In 1970, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming one of the first women to serve in Congress as a representative from New York. During her time in Congress, Abzug continued to be a vocal advocate for women's rights, civil rights, and peace. She was known for her distinctive style, often weari

Babylon 5: The Road Home - Blu-ray Review

As the iconic Science Fiction masterpiece "Babylon 5" celebrates its three-decade mark, creator and visionary J. Michael Straczynski invites fans to embark on a captivating journey through time with the release of the animated film, "Babylon 5: The Road Home." This cinematic tribute is an ode to the devoted fans who have treasured the series and the universe it weaved. A labor of love and a nod to the show that birthed it, this film both honors the past and hints at a future brimming with potential. The narrative picks up with the recently elected Interstellar Alliance President John Sheridan, portrayed once more by the charismatic Bruce Boxleitner. Sheridan is on the cusp of bidding farewell to the station that once housed his most defining moments, his wife Delenn (Rebecca Riedy) by his side. In a delightful callback to a bygone episode, Sheridan's quest for a certain pair of socks ushers him into a voyage that will redefine his sense of time, self, and purpos

FAST X - Blu-ray Review

In the unfathomable expanse of cinematic longevity, who could have predicted that "The Fast and the Furious," birthed in 2001, would persistently tread the asphalt of our imaginations in 2023? This enduringly explosive spectacle, now transformed into the sprawling narrative monolith known as "The Fast Saga," unfurls across a tapestry woven with NOS fumes and boundless imagination. The franchise's trajectory has evolved from mere street-racing marauders to a clutch of globe-trotting superspies, capable of anything except adhering to the confines of rationality. As the annals of time unfold, the cinematic escapade christened "Fast X," or the colloquially-nicknamed "Fast Ten," races into view, defying both reason and all precedent, delivering a barrage of high-octane action that defies logic and coherence. Director Louis Leterrier's foray into the turbulent domain of the Toretto family embarks on an enterprise of grandeur as monumental as th

Metalocalyspe: Army of the Doomstar Review

Prepare to have your mind freaking blown by the electrifying chaos and triumphant redemption in "Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar." This metal masterpiece takes the beloved DETHKLOK saga to unprecedented heights, delivering a headbanging experience that is not only visually stunning but emotionally resonant. The film kicks off with a jaw-dropping rescue mission that throws us headfirst into the heart-pounding world of DETHKLOK. As the story unfolds, we are plunged into a maelstrom of drama, ego clashes, and heartbreak, courtesy of Nathan Explosion, the enigmatic frontman of the iconic band. In the midst of confronting personal demons, Nathan is charged with a cosmic task: crafting the Song of Salvation to thwart the impending Metalocalypse and save the planet. The journey to salvation is a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions. Brendon Small's visionary direction and writing propel us through a narrative that explores the depths of heroism, vulnerability, and artistic