Ring in the new year by binge watching the indie romantic drama Loving Till It Hurts. .
Loving Till It Hurts is a six-part digital series that was directed by Luner Eugene, and stars Shawntaria Franklin, Wil J Jackson, Mary Farah, Tamara C Moore-White, and Delpha Clarke. In the series, a “lonely, sad, yet beautiful wife of a neglectful husband, bumps into an old flame and opens a Pandora’s box of emotions.” You can watch the whole series right now for free on Tubi TV.
This post will not include any spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home! This is just me thinking out load what villains I’d love to see in a potential MCU Spider-Man 4. And with any modern superhero movie, one villain just is not enough, so here are the pairs of villains I’d love to see Spider-Man face off against in the potential future movie.
Kraven the Hunter + The Chameleon
I know. Whenever I talk about potential Spider-Man movie villains, Kraven the Hunter is always on my list (see here, here & here). He is a classic villain who can go toe to toe with Spider-Man with speed, agility, and strength. He is a hunter who stops at nothing to catch his prey. He is very different than the past villains that the MCU Spider-Man has come across- he is not in this for greed (Vulture) or tech (Mysterio), but a desire to best Spider-Man. I’d add into the mix the Chameleon, Kraven’s half brother, to make things a bit more interesting and to tie them to Spider-ManFar From Home which introduced Chameleon’s alter ago Dimitri Smerdyakov (portrayed by Numan Acar). The Chameleon can use his master of disguise skills to trick Spider-Man into a situation where he’ll need to face off with Kraven (in lets say… Central Park).
Kingpin + The Prowler
I’ve watched to see a live-action Kingpin vs Spider-Man ever since first seeing them face off in the 90s Spider-Man animated series. The villain’s tower, filled with weapons, robots, and other villains, is the perfect place for them to have a climatic fight (maybe Kingpin used fake companies to buy Avengers tower??). With Into The Spider-Verse pairing Kingpin with the Prowler, I think the dynamic could work well here also. The Prowler moves like Spider-Man and is much better than the crime boss visually in a fight with the friendly neighborhood hero. Would Prowler be Kingpin’s right hand? Or more of a reluctant villain? It was great seeing Donald Glover as Prowler’s alter ago Aaron Davis in Spider-Man Homecoming, and I would LOVE to see him return to the role. Having him in the mix could also lead to the first MCU appearance of Miles Morales, who is Davis’ nephew.
Man-Wolf + J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson has always been one of Spider-Man’s main foes (and sometimes his reluctant ally). JK Simmons owned the role in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, and it was so good to see him in Far From Home. I will not discuss No Way Home, but he can be seen in the trailers and viral marketing, so I’ll leave that there. In the comics & animated shows Jameson has been known to get more hands on with his hate for Spider-Man and has tried to take out the Spider-Menace himself. John Jameson aka Man-Wolf is J. Jonah’s son and had a great introduction in Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. I fully believe if Raimi kept making Spier-Man movies that John would have become Man-Wolf. It did not happen, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen now! John Jameson could be on a mission in space where he finds the mystical Godstone, and upon taking it back to earth he turns into the Man-Wolf and terrorizes NYC. J. Jonah Jameson could take advantage of his son’s new found strength/rage and convince him to go after Spider-Man. Man-Wolf adds a layer of horror to Spidey what we have not seen in any live-action version of the character. Could be pretty cool. No matter what happens in future Spider-Man movies, I think we all want JK Simmons to keep appearing!
What villains would you like to see in future Spider-Man movies? Leave a comment and let us know!
What is your book series Munchkin Tales about? Munchkin Tales, Book 1: Our lost Heritage is about three Munchkin cousins who want to leave Oz and have their own adventure. The first problem is no one is allowed to go out the back gates of the Emerald City which is the only way out. And no one knows why no one knows they can’t leave. They do find a way out, but only after some serious attempts to end them before they ever go. They can’t understand why it should be such an issue, but with the help of the Wizard, they soon at least get an inkling of who is behind them not wanting to leave. They have begun their quest and meet a strange and powerful ally, who they first thought would have them for dinner – as on the menu! Their world has just grown sevenfold, and their rather simple carefree life is suddenly flooded with more questions that only serves to make them more determined to find the answers to.
In Book 2, The Throg, they confront a whole new land. These kindred Munchkins, who when they last had contact with Oz, were at war with Oz. But getting through this land is imperative to solving the newfound problems they are discovering with their homeland. The problems they face are so much more complex than anything they would have ever dreamt of. Their best hope of getting through this land is the truth. But they soon learn that may just bring a quick end to any promise of getting the ultimate help they will need to save Oz. But turning back is no longer an option, and with both old and new adversaries coming after them, not to mention arrows, they are challenged to the max.
This will be a six book series with each book broadening their perspectives, while trying their best just to stay alive. The hope is to get back to Oz in time to save their families and their culture from pending doom.
What inspired this story? These books started as rather simple bedtime stories I told my daughters when they were 7 and 9 years old. I was impressed with how anxiously they would climb into their beds waiting for the next chapter. Then it was all verbally made up as I went along. My daughters have been after me for years to write them down. These tales are much more complex and I am greatly enjoying the writing of them.
Tell us a little about you, who is Denny Griffith? I, along with my wife, am the 45 year owner and operator of a child care center in Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m now 70 years old with three children and six grandchildren. I will soon be retiring and looking forward to working on this series of books and getting them out in a much faster pace than I’ve been able to so far. Although I’m really not much of a reader myself, I have enjoyed science fiction, many of the classics by the likes of Mark Twain, Edna Thurber, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and J.R.R Tolkien.
How can we read Munchkin Tales Book 2: The Throg and the other books in the Munchkin Tales series? You can find Munchkin Tales available through Amazon, or at MunchkinTales.com.
I know, I know, Halloween is over, I should move on from the horror movie binge watching. But what can I say, I just want to fit a few more in before the onslaught of Christmas movies begins! Here are 3 more indie horror flicks that you can watch online (right now) for free!
Blood From Stone Director: Geoff Ryan Starring: Vanja Kapetanovic, Gabriella Toth, Nika Khitrova, Eric Cotti, Andriana Garbiso, and J. Michael Silver. Description: The old era of vampires has been forced into darkness, yet they are drawn to the dawning of a new era for themselves with a longing to be free of their savage curse. (Source: Indie Rights) Click here to watch on YouTube
Derelicts Director: Brett Glassberg Starring: Emily Ammon, Les Best, Kelly Dealyn, Lana Dieterich, and Andre Evrenos. Description: Thanksgiving day for a dysfunctional upper class family takes a terrifying turn when their suburban home is invaded by a gang of sadistic drifters. (Source: Tubi) Click here to watch on Tubi TV
HEX Director: George Popov Starring: Daniel Oldroyd, Suzie Frances, and Garton William Young. Description: Two soldiers on opposite sides of the English Civil War find themselves driven to extremes, while trapped in a forest that is controlled by a witch. (Source: Tubi) Click here to watch on Tubi TV
Are you ready for Christmas movies or are you still clinging to Halloween like us?
There were a lot of fun announcements and first looks at Disney+ Day (She-Hulk!!), but the one that surprised me the most was X-Men ’97, a revival of X-Men: The Animated Series. The original animated series was the show that introduced a generation to X-Men & Marvel Comics and totally set the stage for so much we see now. The show expertly adapted storylines from the comics with serial storytelling and a fantastic voice cast.
I had the pleasure of meeting X-Men: TAS director Larry Houston at Free Comic Book Day and I was really glad to learn that when he directed the series he was a huge X-Men fan. You could see that love on the screen as he had a big hand in shaping the stories that they told. I hope that the new series continues what TAS established, with the same animation, the same X-Men team, and adapting more recent X-Men stories into the world of the 90s.
Disney+ Day announced returning voice cast members including Wolvernie’s Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann and Chris Potter as Rogue and Gambit, George Buza’s Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith’s Storm, Catherine Disher’s Jean Grey (I still have the feels for her Phoenix saga), Adrian Hough’s Nightcrawler, and Christopher Britton’s Mister Sinister. Houston will be acting as a consultant on the new series along with Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald, producers of the original. Leading the creative team of X-Men ’97 is writer/executive producer Beau DeMayo, supervising director Jake Castorena, and supervising producer Charley Feldman. The show will launch in 2023 on Disney+. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
What storylines from the comics that have happened since the ’90s would you like to see adapted?
Writer/director Steven Tsapelas, the creator of We Need Girlfriends, just wrapped production on his new independent feature film UFO Club. The movie is being made by In the Garage Productions and produced by Shawna Brandle, Michael Cannetti, and Kenneth R Frank, who is also the movie’s cinematographer, and executive produced by David Rheingold.
The rom com is set in the 90s, Tsapelas told us that it follows “a nerdy high school senior” who has to “strike up a friendship with an intimidating classmate because he believes she has a video that will prove the existence of aliens.” That nerdy high school senior William is portrayed by Spencer Gonzalez, while his intimidating classmate Alex is portrayed by Eloise Gordon. Rounding out the cast is Josiah Schneider as Chris, Paolo Kossi as Johnny, Emma Magnus as Vicki, Meghan Palmer as Jacquelyn DeNatale, and Frank Failla as the Fanny Pack Man.
The Official Plot Description: Nerdy high school senior WILLIAM discovers his hero, a local UFO hunter, has been arrested for a serious crime. Convinced of his innocence, William sets out to find a VHS tape of a ‘flying saucer crash’ that was raffled off during a meeting of his high school’s UFO Club. However, the tape went to a girl named ALEX, an intimidatingly confident Ska music fan. Worried that she might be a part of the conspiracy, William strikes up a friendship with her in order to find out if he can trust her. But, his search for “the truth” is complicated when he falls in love. A quirky romantic comedy set in 1998.
Check out these images from UFO Club and we will follow the progress as it gets closer to release!
We had the pleasure of connecting with Peter Kondra and Mikael Schallock, the producers and co-directors of the indie drama/dark comedy Good Old Friends. Learn more about their dark comedy/drama that took more than 4 years to make.
Who? The independent film Good Old Friends was produced and directed by Mikael Schallock and Peter Kondra. It marks their directorial debut and first feature length film as producers. Kondra created the story and penned the script. Schallock tended to camera and editing. Andrej Vickers was cast for the third leading role playing Marc. Given our limited resources, we were constantly jumping back and forth from acting to directing. It was a minimalist approach that was at times overwhelming but also felt liberating. Our cast was rounded out by the wonderfully talented actors Ronja Klatt, Marie Céline Yildirim, Haydar Türkoglu, Anna Rosa Braun and Martin Herden. The legendary actor/filmmaker Ulli Lommel, famous for The Boogeyman and his many collaborations with Andy Warhol and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, makes an unexpected voice cameo at the beginning of the film. Ultimately, after winning six awards at four international film festivals, we were delighted to find worldwide distribution with Indie Rights Movies based in Los Angeles, CA.
What? Here’s the short synopsis: Mike (Mikael Schallock) is an actor from Los Angeles and visits his old college friends, the drug dealer Pete (Peter Kondra) and the office worker Marc (Andrej Vickers), in Berlin after five years. It quickly becomes clear how their lives have changed so much that they all can’t quite find their way back to each other. During the drug and booze fueled festivities at Marc’s apartment, a harmless prank devolves into the tragic death of one the friends. The remaining two have to figure out how to dispose of the body in order to avoid jailtime. They set out on a roadtrip driving a VW Beatle, with their friend’s body in the trunk, and scour the Berlin nightscape in hopes of putting their huge problem to rest. During their odyssey, what’s left of their friendship is put to the test.
Where? Most of the film was made in Berlin. The intention from the beginning was to show as much of Berlin as possible. The film was shot mainly in two locations. The first half takes place in Marc’s apartment, which is really Peter Kondra’s place. The second half essentially takes place in Marc’s VW Beatle, which was actually Mikael Schallock’s mother’s car. The finale of the film takes place at a lake outside Berlin, but we actually shot this scene in Poland for practical reasons. The quiet location of the lake was extremely important to us and we found the perfect motif in the region of Borne Sulinowo in Poland.
When? The first take was shot in Poland in the summer of 2016, where we shot the finale of the film first. Due to unforeseen interruptions, the shoot dragged on until the middle of 2019. For the most part, we were only able to start shooting in the evenings after our other commitments. In exchange, we started editing immediately afterwards and were able to complete it in early 2020. The film was immediately submitted to international film festivals. It first won an award in Prague in October 2020, followed by further nominations and awards in the USA, Cannes, Sweden, Japan and Slovakia. The VoD release for American audiences was in September 2021 on Amazon Prime, followed by Tubi TV, Google Play and Youtube. Additional releases on Amazon Prime have already appeared in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Why? Mikael and Peter worked together as actors and assistant directors for the controversial filmmaker Ulli Lommel (The Boogeyman, films with Andy Warhol and Rainer Werner Fassbinder) until his unfortunate passing in Dec. 2017. Lommel encouraged us to make our own feature film. The idea for Good Old Friends was Peter’s brain child. He recalled from his mid-thirties how friendships at the time were falling apart. The film was supposed to portray the disintegration of friendships and the viewer is encouraged to think about their own friendships. The three main characters were meant to be as different as possible. Mike, the actor from L.A., is generally looked up to. Marc has a regular 9-5 office job like millions of others. And Pete portrays the drug dealer who manuevers on the fringes of society. Emotions like envy and jealousy play against the goodwill and joy you see in friends. In addition, it was important to incorporate the city of Berlin and its landmarks into the film. That’s why you see the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz and so much more of Berlin in Good Old Friends.
How? Our film Good Old Friends can be found on the video on demand platforms Tubi TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Youtube. A DVD/Blu-ray release is currently not planned.