Cut the cord? Looking for more (different type) of movies to watch online (for free)? Over on Snag Films, I stumbled on this pre-famous Benedict Cumberbatch drama. It is always interesting to see big actors before they were famous, the movies they made, the risks they took.

Wreckers is from 2011 and was written/directed by D.R. Hood,  and stars Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans, Peter McDonald, Sinead Matthews, and June Watson.

Official Description: This evocative, gorgeously shot British drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy (THE CROWN) as a married couple who return to the husband’s childhood village to start a family. But a surprise visit from his disturbed younger brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship. Directed by first-time filmmaker D. R. Hood, WRECKERS astutely examines the fragile relationship between truth, intimacy and betrayal.

Head over to Snag Films to watch Wreckers for free. Let us know if you enjoyed it in the comments.

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Superman Man of Steel 2

I want a really good Superman movie. After Justice League, Warner Brothers and DC Comics have a uniquely clean slate to move forward, correct past wrongs, and really make a great sequel to Man of Steel. The main cast and world have been established. You don’t need to introduce things or retell the origin. Just make a really good damn movie. One thing that would help with that is to add some of Superman’s wonderful supporting characters from the comics and animated shows beyond the main players that have been established. Lois Lane, Perry White, Martha Kent, are all stables that you need, but there are so many more rich characters to add.

Lets look at a few of these characters and potential actors that could bring them to life.

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Mariska Hargitay as Maggie Sawyer. Captain Maggie Sawyer, one of the toughest members of the Metropolis’ Special Crimes Unit. As Lieutenant Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hargitay already plays one of the toughest cops ever put on the screen, now picture her going against the Parasite instead of sex offenders and murderers. Hair color aside, she is also the spitting image of the character.

 

D.B. Woodside as John Henry Irons, aka Steel. Sure, Superman now has Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League as allies, but he needs to expand his family. Supergirl or Superboy are obvious choices, but my favorite member of Superman’s extended hero family is Steel. In Post-Crisis, he originally stepped up to fill in Superman’s shoes after his death and he could do the same here. Maybe while Superman was gone and then teaming with the league, John Henry Irons stepped up to protect the Suicide Slum in the Man of Steel’s absence as Steel. D.B. Woodside looks spot on as Irons. He is as big as him muscle wise and has the perfect presence and intelligence to pull off the engineer turned superhero.

 

Steve Austin as Bibbo Bibbowski. While speaking about Suicide Slum, how can I not mention (and cast) Bibbo. The big goofy guy who owns and tends bar at the Ace o’ Clubs, happens to be Superman’s biggest fan and could bring much (much!) needed comedic relief to Man of Steel 2. Steve Austin is tough as nails, like Bibbo, and brings a likability and charisma to the character that could be the perfect balance for someone who could too easily turn too cartoony and annoying.

 

Robert Patrick as Sam Lane. Lois’ father is a war hero and (depending on the version) a sometimes foe of Superman. He needs to be a military man through and through. He also needs to be believable as coming up against Superman, but not having the audience hate him as he is Lois’ father. Will he press on against Superman or flip and end up helping? Robert Patrick is a badass who can be the hero or the villain (changing in an instinct if needed). He is tough enough to look Superman in the eye and tell him to backdown.

 

John Shea as Frank Berkowitz. This is a smaller character that a lot of modern readers might not know. He was the Mayor of Metropolis introduced Post-Crisis in John Byrne’s “Man of Steel” mini-series. He stood up against Lex Luthor and in return was gunned down by a sniper hired by Luthor. John Shea, who portrayed Lex Luthor in Lois & Clack: The New Adventures of Superman, would be the perfect legacy actor to fill this role. There is something poetic with having a former Luthor be the Mayor who stands up to the new Luthor. He has the look and it would be sad to see him get killed. Bonus: They could use this as a potential cameo for Will Smith’s Deadshot as the sniper.

 

Adam Hicks as Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy is Superman’s best friend and one of the most important characters in his universe. It is also one of the hardest characters to cast. He needs to be young, but not too young, energetic but not annoying, and needs a full head of red hair. Before you comment, NO that photographer in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not Jimmy Olsen. I don’t care what deleted scenes or extended versions say. Bring him in Man of Steel 2 as the spunky younger brother of Rebecca Buller’s Jenny Olsen. Have him become an intern at the Daily Planet with dreams of being a photographer. He gets a lucky break with a picture of Superman saving the day and the rest is history. I honestly don’t know Adam Hicks (I’ve never seen Freakish, Pair of Kings, or Zeke and Luther), but he is spot on the spitting image of Jimmy Olsen.

Who would you like to see in Man of Steel 2? Agree or disagree with my suggestions? Let me know in the comments! 


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We are thrilled that we were able to discuss the indie film A Legacy of Whining with producer Maria Munro and director/writer Ross Munro.

A Legacy of Whining

Who?
The indie feature A Legacy of Whining was written, directed and stars Ross Munro (his second feature after Brewster McGee) and Produced by Maria Munro and Ron Heaps. The cast includes Ross Munro as “Mitch”, Robert David Duncan as “Dunc”, Angie Descalzi as “Esmeralda”, Keilani Elizabeth Rose as “Grizelda”, Emily Haine as the “Starlet”, Dayana Hernandez as “La Muda”. The Production Crew includes Ron Heaps (Cinematographer), Maria Munro (Costume Designer/Art Director), Ivan Barbou (Music), Eric Carbery (Production Designer). A Legacy of Whining is being distributed worldwide by Los Angeles-based film distributer Indie Rights.

A Legacy of Whining

What?
A Legacy of Whining is a 1970’s-influenced buddy comedy with serious undertones about two former high school friends who reunite thirty years later for an event-filled and quite disastrous evening that painfully proves “the past ain’t what it’s cracked up to be”. Some of the movie’s tonal and thematic references ranged from the classic American buddy films of the late ’60’s/early ’70’s like The Odd Couple to the early work of Woody Allen (Bananas/Take The Money and Run) and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours.

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Where?
The story and events depicted in A Legacy of Whining take place in a nameless city in present day North America over the course of a single evening (from dusk to dawn) which helps establish a more “universal” tone to the movie and allows viewers to further imprint their own experiences and to the film’s actions and characters and captures a more “dream-like” essence and surreal vibe to the proceedings.

A Legacy of Whining

When?
The film itself was shot in Vancouver, Canada (and some of its surrounding suburbs) over the course of six months from February 2014 – July 2014 using a combination of actual existing locations and constructed sets.

A Legacy of Whining had its World Theatrical Premiere in Vancouver at Van City Theatre in April 2016 and has since played at numerous film festivals (and is currently available on all major online digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime).

A Legacy of Whining

Why?
Having recently come to a mid-life artistic crossroads as a filmmaker, I originally wanted to concoct a funny tribute to all those cool ’70’s buddy films I grew up watching every Saturday at my beloved Winnipeg movie theaters but as the story of the characters developed I began to discover that A Legacy of Whining started to reveal more darker shades having to do with questioning one’s life and the ultimate issue of wondering whether or not your life has amounted to anything. I was interested also in examining through the character of “Mitch” why one feels so desperately inclined to living in the past and how this affects your ability to move forward and grow. Hopefully, we- as the audience- can relate to all the messy aspects of growing older and figuring out this great unknowable void called life through the diametrically opposed view points of the main characters Mitch and Dunc as they spend the evening sparring over what their lives have become as they take their painful views into the rearview mirror of their existence.

A Legacy of Whining

How?
A Legacy of Whining is available to rent/own on all major online digital platforms in North America and internationally on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime as well as having all distribution, broadcast and sales rights currently available by Los Angeles-based distributor Indie Rights.

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LoadedYou can find movies of every genre for free online, presented by the filmmakers across a variety of different sites. There is so much content that no one should ever feel the need to bootleg or steal movies (just don’t do it).

Today I stumbled on Loaded, an indie action drama starring Jesse Metcalfe, Corey Large, Monica Keena, Chance Crawford, and Vinnie Jones. I’m down to give it a try.

Official Description: Tristan Price has everything: money, privilege, loving parents, a beautiful girlfriend and a bright future. But he has always had a need for something more, something wilder. Enter Sebastian Cole, a handsome, charismatic, ruthless coke dealer with a taste for fast cars, fast women, rapid-fire weapons… and revenge. Soon, Tristan will be up to his eyeballs in a seedy underworld of drugs, sex and violence before he has a clue that his new best friend is, in reality, his worst enemy!

You can watch Loaded for free on Snag Films. Leave us a comment with your thoughts on the flick.

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Release Date: October 27, 2017
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers)
Cast: Tobin Bell, Matt Oassmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson
Plot: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years. (IMDB)

Thoughts: For the past seven years there has been a void on Halloween without a new Saw release.  Yet at the same time, after seven movies the series needed a break and to come back refreshed and ready to scare audiences. It is great to see Tobin Bell return to anchor the movie and the trailer brings back the same disgusting/gore porn you’d expect from the series. If you are a fan of the Saw movies, go see this, otherwise what is the point?

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We had the pleasure of discussing Odd Brodsky, a quirky reflective comedy about Hollywood, with Cindy Baer. Cindy is the actress truned director who brought the comedy feature to life.

Odd Brodsky

Who?
Actress-turned-director Cindy Baer and her husband/cinematographer Matthew Irving co-wrote the screenplay for Odd Brodsky, which is a quirky comedy about a woman who quits her job to break into Hollywood. Audiences may remember Baer from her critically acclaimed debut feature Purgatory House, while Irving’s 30+ feature credits as a cinematographer include the box office “top ten” hits Waitress (which was recently adapted into a Broadway Musical) and Waiting (starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris). Baer also produced, edited and acted in Odd Brodsky, appearing in the supporting role of Sammy Bank.

The standout cast features leading lady Tegan Ashton Cohan, who lights up in the screen in her first starring film role as the title character Audrey (“Odd”) Brodsky. Her younger counterpart Ilana Klusky is equally charismatic and engaging. Lovable Matthew Kevin Anderson plays Audrey’s sidekick and biggest champion, while Scotty Dickert’s hipster character Spuds brings adventure and conflict to the screen. Supporting cast members includes Christina Moses (“The Originals” TV show), Elana Krausz (About Cherry) and stand-up comedian Leigh Forrest. John Alton and Cootie Queen actress Jesse Meriwether play Audrey’s parents, while actress/singer Jolie Adamson and Jim Hanks (portraying a parody of his drag queen God role from Purgatory House) round out the main cast. The majority of the 54 speaking roles in the film are performed by women, and many of the crew positions were women and minorities.

Producer Thomai Hatsios and her talented team from Metahara joined Baer’s company Free Dream Pictures to bring this ambitious project to life, which was also made possible by the generous support of executive producers Christo DiMassas, Sharon A. Fox and Tim Smith. Supervising sound editor Victoria Rose Sampson’s extensive sound credits include over 150 features, which go back to Return of the Jedi. Her talent was passed down from her trailblazing mother Kay Rose, who was the first woman ever to win an Academy Award for sound editing. Composer credit goes to David Gonzales, while visual effects were created by Mark Alan Thomas.

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What?
Odd Brodsky is a quirky comedy following the adventures of 30-something Audrey Brodsky, who’ll do just about anything to get her big break in Hollywood. Fueled by a grave-side promise to become an actress, Audrey moves from Hollywood, Iowa to Hollywood, California and finds great success! …working 40 hours a week at a steady desk job. Antics ensue as Audrey finally quits the office to create her new life as an actress. She hires a camera “crew” (just one guy who goes by the name of Camera One), and moves in with a happy-go-lucky roommate called Spuds. Life seems to come easily for Spuds, but not so much for poor Audrey, who tries so hard that she pushes away the very things she wants most. Insider jokes about living in Los Angeles bring forth some amusing social commentary about the importance we place on celebrity… but don’t be fooled: beneath the gags lies a bittersweet story that proves both inspiring and realistic. Although this tale is industry- and female-centric, anyone who’s ever felt stuck, disconnected or invisible will relate. In the end, we are reminded that validation and happiness have little to do with fame. What most people want is to be connected: with ourselves, each other, and the world.

Stylistically inspired by Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, the Coen Brothers Raising Arizona, and Jean-Peirre Jeunet’s Amelie, the world of Odd Brodsky features extremely earnest characters, a heightened sense of reality, a mandolin score, tableau compositions, and even a bit of magical realism. What makes Odd Brodsky different from most features at this micro-budget level is the large scope of the project. It’s a broad comedy (not horror or thriller) that spans multiple time periods, and was filmed at over 30 locations. It features a large cast of 54 actors and more than 80 music cues while incorporating dozens of visual effects that help to fully create the world of the movie. There’s also rain, smoke, kids, animals, and even a musical number during the end credits. And no story about Hollywood would be complete without a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.

Matthew Irving’s cinematography is traditionally-lit and ever-present, although attention is never drawn to it. Precise framing includes carefully-planned compositions and tableaux, as well as many “oners” where you will often find the camera focused on several characters in frame at once, allowing the audience to choose which actor to watch. VFX guru Mark Alan Thomas designed and composited dozens of “real world” effects, which help to fully create the world of the movie, including everything from the billboards and license plates, to the plane-pulling-banner, and even the Musso & Frank inspired sign, which was parodied as “Fred & Ginger’s”. David Gonzalez’s mandolin score incorporates classical pieces by Vivaldi and Bach, as well as providing contemporary new pieces and even a few parodies. Songs include “Precious Little Life” (an unreleased gem by Grammy-nominated Eric Bazilian of The Hooters), as well as Dr. Hook’s nostalgic “Sharing the Night Together”, which hit #6 on the song charts in 1978.

Odd Brodsky

Where?
Odd Brodsky begins in the fictional town of Hollywood, Iowa, and then moves to Hollywood, California. It was shot at 30 locations all around the Los Angeles area, including Burbank, North Hollywood, Silverlake, Hollywood, and also at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills.

Odd Brodsky

When?
The movie was shot over a period of 20 days in August and September of 2011, and completed just one week before its sold-out World Premiere at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival in the San Francisco, in 2013. There it appeared in a slate of much bigger-budgeted, star-studded movies, seven of which went on to be Academy Award nominees and/or winners. Odd Brodsky then criss-crossed the country, screening at a total of 29 film festivals all over North America and winning 21 festival awards. It premiered on iTunes in November of 2016 and expanded to other platforms like Amazon and Vudu in early 2017 where its currently available for streaming.

Odd Brodsky

Why?
The initial spark for Odd Brodsky came to director Cindy Baer when she was winding down the festival run of her first feature Purgatory House. She’d received numerous personal emails and messages from audiences all over the country who had deeply connected with her debut film. She loved the feeling that movies could affect people is such a strong way, and hoped her next project could provide a similar experience — even if that seemed like a tall order.

Baer and her husband/co-writer Matthew Irving found themselves at a film festival in Massachusetts, and began musing about the idea that a person can be very skilled at one thing, and yet feel compelled to pursue something entirely different as a career. The writing duo quickly realized there was inherent comedy in this common and bittersweet disconnect.

Feeling particularly inspired by the tone of Wes Anderson films, they wanted to make a light-hearted film with hapless characters that audiences would be rooting FOR instead of laughing AT. This new project would also share the same overall theme as Baer’s first feature, which is that people are ultimately responsible for the lives they create for themselves. She and Irving put pen to paper and outlined the first story beats right there, in a little bed and breakfast.

This story seemed like the perfect opportunity to share a message of empowerment, reflecting one of Baer’s own life philosophies: if you follow your gut feelings, life leads you to where you’re supposed to be. And along the way, you’ll meet the right people, create opportunities, and find what you’re meant to be doing. As such, the movie is basically a love letter to anyone who feels stuck. Sometimes you just have to take that first step, do the work, and then trust that the rest will follow.

Odd Brodsky

How?
People can watch Odd Brodsky right now on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube Movies, etc… Learn more about the movie on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Can't Be Heaven

Today lets reach back to 2000 and an indie family comedy, Can’t Be Heaven (aka Forever Together), starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kaley Cuoco, Diane Ladd, Gary Marshall and the “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio. Directed by Richard Friedman, the movie deals with family, loss, and young love.

Official Description: Can’t Be Heaven is a magical, must-see romantic comedy for the whole family. Thirteen-year-old Danny is trying to cope with his father’s death, and it doesn’t help that he’s falling for his best friend, Julie. But Julie has serious a crush on the new kid in school, and she finds Danny’s affection more comical than convincing. While visiting his dad’s grave to play him a song he’s learning for the school band, Danny encounters the ghost of Hubbie Darling, a 1930s jazz saxophonist who is waiting for the spirit of his long-lost sweetheart. Hubbie takes Danny under his wing and gives him a few pointers on the fine art of romance. Eventually everyone finds their one and only- and this heartwarming tale will make you feel like falling in love all over again.

You can watch Can’t Be Heaven for free on Snag Films. Come back and let us know your thoughts.

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