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Trailer Roundup: Secret Gardens, Dark Waters, Rhythm Sections, Multiple Paul Rudds, and more Knives Out

Posted by Matthew on September 24, 2019
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Welcome to Trailer Tuesday folks. There’s a wide variety of film advertising to look at this week. Here are the new trailers for The Secret Garden, Dark Waters, The Rhythm Section, Living With Yourself, In The Tall Grass, Fractured, The Politician, and Knives Out.

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VIFF Review: “Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own” highlights a lifetime of art

Posted by Matthew on September 24, 2019
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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own / VIFF 2019

Documentaries are a difficult thing. The amount of time spent with the subject and the amount of footage shot compared to what’s used in the finished product, are both monumental. One needs a compelling subject with a compelling story to tell, and those are not as easy to come by as many would probably assume.

Luckily, Ursula von Rydingsvard is a compelling subject. A woman at the forefront of the contemporary art scene creating massive sculptures of cedar wood, bronze, and copper, she has been a creative force since the 1970s. She felt a life long determination to be an artist, a drive recalled by everyone in the film from her brother to to her patrons, but with a runtime of only 57 minutes this film a little light on the details of the story of this drive.

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VIFF Review: ‘White Lie’ is a tense psychological drama

Posted by Matthew on September 23, 2019
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White Lie / VIFF 2019

The problem with telling a lie –even a white lie– is that in order to maintain it you have to tell more of them. Each new lie you tell builds on the ones you’ve already told until one day instead of maintaining some small mistruth you’re maintaining an entire narrative that you can barely keep straight.

This is the world of Katie Arneson (Kacey Rohl), the university student and dancer at the heart of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’s White Lie. With one minor difference: she hasn’t told a little white lie, she’s told the world she’s suffering from cancer.

What lengths would someone have to go to to maintain that lie? How long could you keep your head above water with the lies swirling around you? These are the questions at the heart of this movie.

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Heads up Vancouver: VIFF is coming!

Posted by Matthew on September 22, 2019
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Vancouver International Film Festival

Greetings local film lovers. The 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival is back for it’s 38th year and I will be attending again. I’m excited to immerse myself in the cinema of the world again and I’ll be reviewing films as I see them.

I’m also bringing you a sneak peak at some of the films, you can look for reviews of White Lie, Ursula Rydingsvard: Into Her Own, Assholes: A Theory coming up this week before the festival.

If you want to keep an eye on all the my coverage this year you can check out the VIFF 2019 tag here on Awesome Friday!. In the mean time consider joining the festival, there are a ton of great films playing and you can get tickets at the VIFF webpage.

Also, as always, if you like what you’re reading please consider becoming a patron and helping me keep doing it. Or at least click an ad or two. Every bit helps.

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See you at the movies!

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Review: ‘Ad Astra’ takes you on a journey through the spaces between fathers and sons.

Posted by Matthew on September 22, 2019
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Ad Astra / Brad Pitt

James Gray seems to have a thing about fathers and sons. In his previous outing The Lost City of Z, a father left his family behind and travels 5000 miles across the globe to pursue his obsession of finding a city made of gold. We followed in across the world and watched how he could never let go of his obsession despite the toll it was having on his relationships at home.

Ad Astra involves that dynamic as well but from the other side, and taken to an extreme. We follow a son who was abandoned by his father who traveled 2.8 billion miles away in pursuit of scientific knowledge.

When we first meet Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) he’s standing literally on top of the world, working on an International Space Antenna that stretches from the ground all the way to space. Space is where he’s most comfortable, isolated in his suit and perfectly calm until a massive power surge knocks him off the tower and he plummets back to earth. Even through this pulse pounding sequence his pulse never pounds, he famously has never had his heart rate get above 80. But then he learns power surge originated in space and may have been caused by his father.

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Awesome News: Saturn Awards, Creative Emmy Awards, Kung Fury, AppleTV+, Disney+, and more!

Posted by Matthew on September 21, 2019
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Kung Fury

Another week gone by, another literal ton of news to go over. Welcome to the third edition of Awesome News! This week we cover the Hugo Award and Creative Emmy Awards winners, Hailee Steinfeld joins Hawkeye, AppleTV+ launch date and price, Disney+ full launch day roster, a feature length Kung Fury is still happening, Michael Fassbender is working with Taika Waititi, and new movies from Funko Pops (yes, really) and M Night Shyamalan. No word on a collaboration between those two. Yet.

Anyway let’s get to it.

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Latest Posters Gallery: Terminator, Midway, Maleficent, Knives Out, and more!

Posted by Matthew on September 19, 2019
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The Lighthouse

Look I don’t plan on doing poster roundups that frequently but I do plan to do them because movie posters are awesome. So let’s take a look at the latest one sheets for Terminator: Dark Fate, Midway, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ford v. Ferrari, The Lighthouse, Jojo Rabbit, Blow the Man Down, Little Monsters, Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out, and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

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Trailer Roundup: Hot air balloons, the Black Bonnie & Clyde, Watchmen, and more

Posted by Matthew on September 17, 2019
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Oh, you thought that the VIFF Trailer Roundup yesterday was the only one this week? Nope, it just would have made too many in one post. This week we’re looking at trailers for The Aeronauts, Gretel & Hansel, Little Monsters, Watchmen, Waves, Midway, Like a Boss, and Queenie & Slim. Let’s get to it!

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Watch Jurassic World Short Film ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Now!

Posted by Matthew on September 16, 2019
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Battle at Big Rock

Remember we let you know that there would be a new short film based on Jurassic World coming from Colin Trevorrow this past weekend? Well it’s here and you can watch it now!

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Trailer Roundup, VIFF 2019 Edition: Jojo Rabbit, Just Mercy, The Lighthouse, and more!

Posted by Matthew on September 16, 2019
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That’s right folks, the Vancouver International Film Festival is just around the corner. Here’s a special edition of the trailer roundup just focussing on films we’re excited to see at the festival.

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Awesome News: Joker Wins Big at Venice, Rian Johnson Wants More Knives Out, HBO wants more Gemstones, and more

Posted by Matthew on September 14, 2019
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Joker

Hello again Awesome Friday readers. I’m glad you’ve both stuck around! It’s been another week and here are the highlights. And maybe some low-lights, depending who you are asking.

Just kidding they’re all highlights. There’s even a new dinosaur movie for you to watch this weekend!

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Trailer Roundup: Bad Boys, Slay Girls, World Leaders, Scary Clowns, and more.

Posted by Matthew on September 10, 2019
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Since we’re back on the writing train there are a fair number of trailers out there to catch up on. Too many really, so I’m just going to dive back in. Let’s do that now!

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It Chapter Two Review: This movie is a million years long.

Posted by Matthew on September 08, 2019
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It Chapter Two

Some stories are beloved by their fans. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can make stories difficult to adapt for the screen. What parts of the story can you trimmed down? What parts can be excised completely? These are difficult questions, and if your viewers are those that love the text their answer will be "nothing."

It Chapter Two is a long movie. It’s not a poorly made movie or a poorly acted one, but it is long. Too long. Like, way too long, and I feel like the filmmakers didn’t have adequate answers to those two questions I posed above.

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Awesome Friday: Iko Uwais in G.I. Joe, Sony & Marvel’s Spider-Powered Divorce, That New Batsuit Smell, & More

Posted by Matthew on September 07, 2019
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Iko Uwais / The Raid

Dear readers,

Yes, both of you. Here’s a new experiment to get me writing a bit again. Sans the time to write up each bit of movie news there is (guys there is so much news every week, it’s nuts) I’m going to try to keep a digest on a weekly basis. Hopefully this works and hopefully you like it. Let’s hop right to it, shall we?

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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: Thunder Road Chronicles a Man on the Brink with a Must-See Performance from Jim Cummings

Posted by Matthew on February 14, 2019
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Thunder Road

Sometimes you see a movie and there’s an actor who you have never seen before who you think “holy crap, where did that person come from?”. They give a performance that you love and maybe it becomes the part that makes them a movie star, or maybe not. You know they came from somewhere though. Maybe it was an indie film, a festival darling, or both.

Thunder Road is for Jim Cummings the former of those two films. An indie film you should see now so that one day when he is a movie star you can say “I saw him when”.

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