Matthew joins Classic Movies Live! to talk about a really bad Anna Kendrick movie for their Kickin’ it with Kendrick series

Classic Movies Live!

We’re a little late linking this but earlier this month I joined the guys over at Classic Movies Live! to talk about Rapture-palooza, a really bad Anna Kendrick movie for their Kickin’ it with Kendrick series. It was a lot of fun, so give it a listen here in an embedded player or on Spotify!

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Interview: Director Dan Mirvish on his latest film, the 70s set Watergate thriller-comedy ’18 1/2′

Dan Mirvish / 18 1/2

Greetings programs! Dan Mirvish is an award-winning filmmaker known for films like Omaha: The Musical! and Bernard & Huey, as well as co-founding the Slamdance Film Festival. His latest film is a genre mashup, part thriller and part dark comedy, set in the 1970s and adjacent to the watergate scandal 18 1/2 tells the story of a young transcriptionist who hears the infamous missing time from the Nixon Watergate tapes and the idealistic journalist she brings the story to.

I sat down with Dan on Zoom a few weeks ago and had a great conversation. You can listen to it here on this page or anywhere you listen to podcasts. I hope you enjoy it!

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Podcast: The Sea Beast & Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Sea Beast & Obi-Wan Kenobi

Greeting programs! Join us this week as we discuss the upcoming Netflix animated film The Sea Beast, directed by Chris Williams and starring Karl Urban and Jared Harris, and the recently concluded Obi-Wan Kenobi series from Disney+.

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Giveaway: The Righteous Digital Copies courtesy Vortex Media!

The Righteous

Good news, everyone! The Righteous is coming out on-demand this week, and our friends at Vortex Media have given us four (4) digital copies to give away to four lucky Canadians! This giveaway will run until 11.30 pm on Thursday, June 30th.

Enter now, enter often, and then check out our coverage of the film below!

Please note: We can’t stop you from entering if you live outside Canada, but the digital copies we have only work in Canada.

Interview with Mark O’Brien, Writer/Director/Star of The Righteous

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Podcast: Spiderhead & Cha Cha Real Smooth

Spiderhead & Cha Cha Real Smooth

Greetings programs and welcome to this week’s episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast. Simon is back after his week off and we are talking about two new streaming releases. First up is the new Netflix Sci-Fi thriller Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett. Following that we have Sundance darling Cha Cha Real Smooth, the sophomore effort from writer, director, and star Cooper Raiff and co-starring Dakota Johnson, now released on AppleTV+.

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Podcast: Hustle & The Phantom of the Open (w/ special guest co-host Rachel Ho)

Hustle & The Phantom of the Open

Greetings programs! It’s time for a new episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast! This week we’re looking at a pair of sports movies: Hustle, the love letter to basketball from Adam Sandler, and The Phantom of the Open, the true story of the man who shot the worst round of golf in British Open History, starring Mark Rylance.

This week Simon had some commitments that couldn’t be avoided, but luckily our friend Rachel Ho was able to join me in his place. Rachel is an award-winning critic based out of Toronto; she co-hosts the podcast Contra Zoom and writes for Exclaim, POV Magazine, and That Shelf. This episode was a blast to record, and we hope you enjoy it!

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Giveaway: Everything Everywhere All At Once Digital Copies courtesy Elevation Pictures!

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Good news, team! Everything Everywhere All At Once is now available digitally here in Canada, and our friends at Elevation Pictures have supplied us with two digital copies of the film to give to two lucky Canadians! The contest will run through 11.30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday the 16th. Enter now, and then listen to our podcast episode on the film (embedded below).

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Podcast: The Righteous & Top Gun: Maverick

The Righteous & Top Gun: Maverick

Greetings, programs, and welcome to this week’s podcast! Following a year-long journey from its festival premiere at Fantasia 2021, Mark O’Brien’s The Righteous is finally coming to cinemas and on-demand thanks to Arrow Video and Vortex Media, and after a 36-year gap, Tom Cruise is back as a Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the long-awaited sequel to the 1980s classic Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick.

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Interview: Mark O’Brien on his film ‘The Righteous’

Mark O'Brien / The Righteous

Greetings programs! Canadian actor Mark O’Brien has been working steadily since the mid-2000s with roles in CBC’s The Republic of Doyle and AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire, and movie appearances in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not, and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story

This week sees his feature film writing and directorial debut, The Righteous, arrive in cinemas nearly a year after its premiere at least year Fantasia Festival. Grappling with themes of faith and guilt, The Righteous stars a who’s who of Canadian talent including O’Brien himself, Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, and Nygel Bennet.  It also picked up three Canadian Screen Award nominations this year including best original screenplay and best supporting actor for O’Brien himself.

I sat down with Mark this week on Zoom to talk about the film.  You can listen to it right here on the page after the jump, or wherever you listen to podcasts. I hope you enjoy it!

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Podcast: RRR & The Northman

RRR & The Northman

This week on the Awesome Friday Podcast, we’re talking about two big 2022 historical epic films. First up is the Tollywood breakout RRR from director S. S. Rajamouli and stars Ram Charam and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Second, the latest from The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers, The Northman.

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Podcast: Make/Remake Zero Hour! & Airplane!

Zero Hour! & Airplane!

Greetings, programs, and welcome to a very special episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast. Airplane! is one of the greatest comedy films of all time, but did you know it’s a remake? This week we are talking all about Airplane! and the 1957 Canadian Melodrama it’s based on Zero Hour!.

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