Written and directed by Gabriel Rhenals, For My Sister follows Evie (Stephanie Maltez) as she tries to help her sister Tris (Cristina de Fatima), who has “an ever-worsening case of depression”, to avoid their mother’s tragic fate. The independent film co-stars Natalie Ramirez, William Guevara, and Mireya Kilmon.
The movie came out last year and is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime Video (free with a Prime membership or is available to rent or purchase from Amazon).
If you haven’t seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max yet, I recommend turning around and checking it out! We touch one some spoilers from the epic 4 hour “Elseworlds” special. It is currently unknown if Zack Snyder will make anymore movies, TV shows, specials, or anything else having to do with the DCEU, but the Snyder cut opens the door to some great potential spinoffs. We’re not sharing some secret news or exclusive, we’re just looking at a few potential ways that we’d like to the the ZSJL universe continue. Again, spoilers to follow!
NIGHTMARE TIMELINE MINI SERIES
We saw a warning from the future in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice along with a brief vision Batman had of a “Nightmare” Earth. In Zack Snyder’s Justice League this idea was expanded big time. While connecting to the Mother Boxes, Cyborg got a warning that looks like the start of the “Nightmare”! A future where Darkseid has killed Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Lois Lane, and has brainwashed a revived Superman. Later in the Epilogue, we see this world again with Batman leading a team of heroes and villains against Darkseid and the now evil Superman. I assume that future Zack Snyder Justice League movies would have expanded this concept further, but without those it would be great to see these ideas as an HBO Mini series or full blown series. Potentially we could even get to the point where Flash goes back in time to stop the future?
STAR LABS ANTHOLOGY SERIES
Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League all worked hard to establish STAR LABS as the go to scientists of the DCEU when the world has to deal with alien attacks and general superhero chaos. ZSJL introduced us to Dr. Ryan Choi, who in the comics took over the mantle of the Atom from Ray Palmer. With a STAR LABS centric anthology series on HBO Max, we could see Choi become the Atom (which could make for a fun episode or two). And since STAR LABS is always there when trouble happens, this could be a great way to expand the universe and introduce all sorts of new heroes and villains- while also showing us new adventures with established characters like Cyborg and (more spoilers!) Martian Manhunter without needing the actors to make multi-year commitments.
NEW GODS TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES
For years there has been a movie based on the New Gods in development being overseen by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay. There has been mixed information whether it would be connected to the DCEU or its own thing. One of the key things the Snyder cut of Justice League did was to establish Darkseid, his followers, and Apokolips, setting up a great foundation for a New Gods movie. It would be pretty awesome to see DuVernay’s in development movie move from Warner Brothers to HBO Max and become either a mini series or TV movie that further tells the story of those who would rebel or fight back against Darkseid. I’d love to see Orion (the son of Darkseid), Big Barda, and Mister Miracle leading the series.
Did you watch yet? What spinoffs would you like to see from Zack Snyder’s Justice League?
We had a chance to talk with writer/director Mauro Ferritto, whose latest film The Pre-Drink hit Amazon last year. Learn more about his comedy about feuding best friends.
Who? The cast of The Pre-Drink includes Paul Rabliauskas, Jared Story, Mike Campbell, Nick Christie, Jessina Cheffins, Andrea Ginter, and Georgianna Oakley. Our director of photography was Zach Wolf, sound was Mathew Riediger, and I produced, wrote, directed, and edited it.
I knew I wanted to shoot a comedy feature, so I approached a few comedians in Winnipeg who I’ve been watching live and have been following for a few years now. I approached Paul first to see if he wanted to be in the movie, and he gave me a quick yes, to which I was surprised and elated. His close friend is Jared Story and I knew if he had a familiar face on set with him, the acting would come out more naturally and be a win-win. Jared is also a hilarious comedian and they played off each other well. Mike and I went to the University of Winnipeg together taking film. and we have kept in touch ever since. He nailed the part of Noah. I auditioned Nick for the lead and Jessina, Andrea, and Gerogrianna auditioned and it was an easy yes from my end as they’re all funny in their own ways with great acting chops.
Farmery Brewery were immensely kind and generous enough to give us free beer to use in the shoot. Which I was really happy about because I hate seeing water in beer bottles in movies, or worse yet, every label of every beer ripped off. It was great to have a real beer company (and real beer) in the film.
What? The story is about the complications of friendships. It touches on power struggle, deception, coming of age, and letting go of what you can’t control. The movie centers around four friends, two of which are fighting due to rumors that one slept with the other’s girlfriend, and one friend is in the middle trying to hash things out. Noah (Mike) is there as a buffer and a close acquaintance. Nick’s character, Dean, attempts to mend things, in his own way, and have everything be back to how they were – and all of this an hour before his wedding, where he also needs to pick one best man.
It’s a (mainly) one location comedy, so it’s something of a pressure cooker in one home with moments of humor peppered throughout. This movie was financed by my Visa, so using my house was really the only option. Having comedians as my actors, and writing something that had high conflict to keep the story moving and interesting, was informed by the budget, and was a great filmmaking experience.
Where? Most of the movie takes place in a house (Dean’s house). We filmed outside at Assiniboine Park, and over the Moray bridge, to grab a few exterior scenes, but the bulk of the movie is several rooms in a house.
When? We started shooting in April 2016, set in present day, and it was released in January of 2020. We shot every weekend for about 6 months, then came the edit. And I’ll admit, it took an embarrassingly long time to edit – not so much the actual cutting and sound and color grading (although that is a time consuming task, and I now have a new respect for editors), but for me to be courageous enough to finish the edit instead of giving up. At the time, and I think many filmmakers go through this, when you’re in the editing suite with your movie and you see a first cut, it can be tough to look at every frame you decided was good at the time. Now you have fresh eyes thinking “what the hell is this?” Scorsese has said that if you’re not physically ill when you’re editing, something’s wrong – and now I totally get that.
Why? Why I made this film? I was itching to shoot a feature film and direct- no matter what that entailed. So you start looking at what you can’t do and what you can do, and that informs the kind of movie you’re going to make. I had access to some really great comedians, I had my house, and I had a friend with a decent DSLR, and a lens we split for. That all pointed to a one location comedy. So with that in mind, I started working on the screenplay and a story within that frame.
Why are the characters doing what they’re doing? Dean loves nothing more in his life than his friends, and he’s on the verge of losing his two best friends. I think we can all relate with having a falling out with a friend in your group, and you can’t all hangout any more. You almost have to pick sides, or at least schedule your hang outs separately, and Dean is doing everything in his power to avoid this. So he lied, cheated, fought, and manipulated his way to try and fix things. Of course that never works out.
Paul’s character, Gabe, and Jared’s character, Zach, are on the outs. Gabe is accused of sleeping with Zach’s girlfriend, Alyssa, and Zach wants nothing to do with this friendship anymore. When drunken secrets spill they deal with their issues and do hash things out, but things are never the same. People grow up, you grow out of your friends, and we all move on in one way or another. In a way, this is a coming of age movie for guys in their 30s, with ambiguous morals but grounded in reality.
There are so many streaming websites offering free movies that it can be really hard to choose what to watch online! Today we’re going to spotlight three classic Sci-Fi films that are all available to watch online for free (legally with commercials). Today’s spotlight looks at movies that are available on YouTube.
THE TERMINATOR Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, & Michael Biehn. Description: A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector – Kyle Reese – also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg? Watch The Terminator for free on YouTube
CONTACT Starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, & Angela Bassett. Description: “We are not alone…” Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster and Hollywood’s brightest new star, Matthew McConaughey, shine in this spellbinding drama of a dedicated astronomer’s quest to make first Contact. Watch Contact for free on YouTube
STARGATE Starring Kurt Russell, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, Jaye Davidson, & John Diehl. Description: Set against the wondrous backdrop of the Great Pyramids, “Stargate” tells the story of two very different men (Kurt Russell, James Spader) who join forces to unravel the mystery of a curious artifact which could reveal the origin of civilization. Watch Stargate for free on YouTube
How do you choose what movies to watch online? Whenever The Terminator is available to watch, I watch it. What are the movies that you need to watch when you stumble on it?
After the craziness of “Dark Knights: Death Metal” & “DC Future State”, the Man of Tomorrow is back to form with the return of his two ongoing titles Superman and Action Comics, now with an all new creative team.
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson is taking over writing duties on both titles with Phil Hester providing pencils for his first two part story that opens in Superman #29.
Description: “The Golden Age” features both Kal-El and his son, Jonathan Kent, in a story that looks at the legacy of one of the world’s greatest heroes and asks a difficult question—as Superman ages, could we lose him once again? Facing an otherworldly threat powerful enough to truly hurt, or even kill, the Man of Steel, Jon must sort through his feelings towards Superman, both as a beloved and needed superhero and as his dad as they face a battle that will change both of their lives forever.
Preview images cropped from the new issue:
Superman #29 hits stands, shops, and digital on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from DC Comics.
When the Fever Breaks is an indie thriller/horror movie directed by Tymaine Clay. In the movie, a mother fights “to keep the only remaining house left during a zombie apocalypse,” and she “must come to terms when she is infected with only two hours left to live and a daughter she must protect at all cost.“
Starring Genevieve Gearhart, Shaun Piccinino, Kruiz Mauga, Chadwick Armstrong, Ryan T. Husk, and Violet Smith. Click here to watch the zombie flick for free on Tubi TV or you can watch it on Amazon with a Prime membership.