Matthew joins The LAMBCast for a look back at The Lord of the Rings trilogy!

The Lambcast

I’m back once again on the official podcast of the Large Association of Movie Blogs. This episode is part of the Movie of the Month series but is instead taking on the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The episode is over two hours long, but it was a really fun discussion about 12+ hours of movie, so that makes sense.

Below I’ve included JustWatch links for the extended edition of each film, plus my ratings out of five and an embedded player for the episode. You can also listen to the LAMBCast anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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Home Video: The 2022 Canadian Screen Award Nominees and where to buy, rent, or stream them

For many, the Oscars are the last stop of awards season. Up here in Canada though, the highest awards that the Canadian Academy gives out are being awarded this coming Sunday, April 10th. Canada produces a ton of great movies each year, and 2021 was no different.

Presented here is a list of all the nominees for Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, The John Dunning Best First Feature Award, and Best Picture, along with where you can buy, rent, or stream them.

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CFF Interview: Shawn Doyle on his film Ashgrove (and also Star Trek: Discovery)

Shawn Doyle

Salutations applications, and welcome to an Awesome Friday Interview with actor Shawn Doyle! A native of Newfoundland, Shawn has been working steadily in film and television since the early 1990s, and in just the last few years has racked up an impressive filmography that includes recurring appearances in The Expanse, Hannibal, Cardinal (for which he won a Canadian Screen Award last year) and most recently Star Trek: Discovery.

This year he has two films in the Canadian Film Festival, Ashgrove and The Last Mark. It’s the former of these two that we sat down to talk about, and it was a genuine pleasure. And yes, because I am huge nerd, I also asked a few questions about his time on Star Trek Discovery.

There are streaming links for the movie on this page, and the episode is live wherever you listen to podcasts (including an embedded player also on this page). Join us!

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Podcast Grab Bag: The Oscars, Moon Knight, Halo, & The Canadian Film Festival

Oscars, Halo, Moon Knight, Canadian Film Fest

Greetings programs and welcome back to the Awesome Friday Podcast. This week is a little different than most weeks, instead of two things we are covering a whole bunch of things in a grab bag format. There have just been too many things to narrow it down you see, so join us for brief discussions about The 94th Oscars and the slap heard ‘around the world, Halo, Marvel’s Moon Knight, and the films of the Canadian Film Festival.

There are streaming links for the films and series discussed here on this page, and the episode is live wherever you listen to podcasts (including an embedded player also on this page). Join us!

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Marvel’s Moon Knight is a bit disjointed

Moon Knight

Comics are weird. There’s no denying this simple fact, and there’s no use trying. This fact is universal and can be a barrier to entry for new fans. Sometimes 50 years of lore is a lot to wrap your head around. One of the great strengths of Marvel’s ongoing cinematic universe is that initially, at least, it distilled all that lore into something easier to swallow. Twenty-plus films later, its greatest strength is that when a new character walks onto the screen and says, “I’m a man with split personalities, one of whom in the warrior avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu and I’m here to punish the wicked” most people’s reaction will be “sure, that makes sense.”

Of course, this can also be a flaw –as it is with Marvel’s latest series– in which there is so little explanation that there is almost no reason to care. There is no trial by which Oscar Isaac’s Marc Spectre obtained his powers or much in explaining his back story; he walks on-screen fully formed. Well, half-formed, because if you glossed over it in the previous paragraph, this is a man with multiple identities. This show is, in a word, a lot.

Being a lot isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but while there are many things to love in this series, there are just as many that make it a complicated watch.

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Podcast: Deep Water & Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Deep Water & Apollo 10 1/2

Salutations applications and welcome to a new episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast! This week we’re taking a closer look at two new films: First, director Adrian Lyne’s new film Deep Water starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, recently released on Amazon Prime here in Canada and Hulu in the US, followed by Richard Linklater’s latest animated nostalgia piece, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood.

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Canadian Film Fest Interview: Katie Boland on her film ‘We’re All In This Together’

Katie Boland / We're All in This Together / CFF

Greetings programs! Katie Boland is a Canadian actor, writer, director, and producer. She is probably best known for her television appearances and the web series she created, Long Story Short. However, this year, Katie made her feature film directorial debut with We’re All In This Together, a story about a dysfunctional family brought together by absurd events. Not only is she the film’s director, though, but she also adapted it from the best selling book, produced it, and starred in it as estranged twins.

A few weeks ago, Katie and I sat down after the Whistler Film Festival –where the film premiered– to talk about the film, which is now playing as part of the Canadian Film Festival.

There are streaming links for the movie on this page, and the episode is live wherever you listen to podcasts (including an embedded player also on this page). Join us!

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Heads up: Canadian Film Festival Is On Now!

2022 Canadian Film Fest CFF Festival_Header

Good news everyone! The Canadian Film Festival starts today and runs through April 2nd. This year the entire festival is presented by Super Channel, and available to stream with a subscription to Super Channel Fuse. Yes, this means another subscription, but it also means you can access the lineup across the country, and from the comfort of your home.

There are ten feature films and 28 short films in this year’s program and features a fascinating cross-section of Canadian filmmaking. This year we’ll have reviews and interviews

You can check out the entire lineup at the Film Festival’s website, and follow along with our coverage using the CFF2022 tag here on the site.

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Podcast: Spider-Man: No Way Home & The Outfit

Spider-Man No Way Home & The Outfit

Welcome back to Awesome Friday, on a Sunday! In this week’s episode, we speak at length about a little movie you might have heard about from last year, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has finally come to home video. Then it’s onto a new release from Focus Features, The Outfit, a single location mystery thriller starring Mark Rylance and Zoey Deutch. Join us!

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Interview: Seth A Smith on his Canadian Horror Film ‘Tin Can’

Seth A Smith

Greetings programs! Welcome to a special episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast in which I sit down with director Seth A Smith to talk about his film Tin Can. Tin Can played at both Fantasia Festival last year and the Vancouver International Film Festival, which is where I originally saw it. It is now getting a wide release from LevelFILM, and Seth and I sat down on Zoom to talk about it.

There are streaming links for the film and an embedded player for the episode after the jump. Join me!

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Home Video: The 2022 Oscars Acting Nominees and Where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Oscars 2022 Acting

We’re closing in on the 2022 Academy Awards Ceremony. On March 27th, we’ll see who the Academy thinks is the best of the best of the year, and that gives you just under three weeks to catch up! So in that spirit, here are all of the films with acting nominations for this year and where you can buy, rent, or stream them.

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