Bosch

Title: Bosch
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Cast: Titus Welliver, Lance Reddick, Amy Aquino, Jamie Hector, Madison Lintz, Gregory Scott Cummins, Troy Evans

Bosch is one of those rare series based of a book series that stays entirely faithful to the source material. I had loved every book in Michael Connelly’s long running crime series. Not just the Harry Bosch books but the Jack McEvoy, Terry McCaleb, Cassie Black, The Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller, and most recently Renee Ballard. Connelly built up a massive connected universe before Marvel made it a popular concept.

Onto the series, it’s a great mix of the crime and noir genres and throws in little doses of action too. Bosch was one of the first shows Prime Video ordered to series and for good reasons too. Titus Welliver embodies the character down to the smallest of details. Bosch is slightly younger than he is in the books given that the first Bosch book was published back in 1992, but apart from the age there is nothing that the series and Welliver gets wrong about the character. Same goes for the rest of the cast too. The series has probably the best casting of any show I’ve seen in a long while. The supporting characters of Lance Reddick, Amy Aquino, and Madison Lintz all bring their own strengths to the roles. Reddick’s Chief Irvin Irving, who was long a thorn in the side of Bosch in the books, still brings some of that into his character but also brings an air of likability. He knows Bosch is a hell of Detective and is willing to take the negatives his work brings because he know Bosch’s end results are worth the trouble.

One thing that is most impressive about the show is how they make Los Angeles feel like a central character in every shot of LA you see, whether it be at night, day, in the sun, or in the rain. It is superbly shot by a very talented crew. That’s one of the advantages to filming in the actual city that your show is based on. Something which other shows do not take advantage of enough.

All in all, I cannot recommend Bosch highly enough- I also encourage you to read the books. You can catch seasons 1 to 4 on Amazon Prime Video with Season 5 due next year. You can also check out my twitter account @Ukbosch

We had the pleasure of talking to David Zellis, the producer and co-writer of the indie horror flick Dark Forest.

Dark Forest

Who?
In 2013 we entered a filmmaking competition in Canada called CineCoup (basically American Idol for filmmakers) we didn’t make it far, but decided to make the movie anyway. We are located in Winnipeg Canada, so we used local talent some who been active in the community for years. The story revolves around four girls going on a camping trip getting away form the group’s psychotic boyfriend.

Dark Forest

What?
It is about a group of friends that go on a camping trip and are terrorized/stalked by one of the group’s jealous and psychotic boyfriend.

Dark Forest

Where?
We never really specify where it takes place, but we filmed in Winnipeg and outside of the city as well. We were very fortunate to have a friend that let us use their property that has a forest directly behind it.

Dark Forest

When?
We made it over the summers of 2013 and 2014. It is not set at any specific time, but it has an atmosphere of feeling like it was made in the eighties. We did a theatrical release ourselves across Western/Central Canada which we are extremely proud of. It outgrossed some high profile government funded films and at the local theatre it played at it was held over for three weeks while outgrossing some of the high profile Hollywood films it was playing alongside. It hit the streaming services in 2016 and was finally released on Blu-Ray/DVD on February 13th.

Dark Forest

Why?
Good question. In Canada, the system is very much government funded which although seems and can sometimes be a good idea, it unfortunately causes more problems then it solves. So we wanted to make a feature on our own terms and this is the end result.

Dark Forest

How?
It is available on a number of streaming services (links below). For horror fans that prefer the physical medium, they can officially get a copy on Blu-Ray/DVD on Amazon.com and at independent retailers across Canada.

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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.

Superman: Maggie Sawyer MariskaHargitay

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.

Buy or Rent:

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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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JigsawJigsaw
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?

Catch up on the past Saw movies…


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