For this Flick City episode I interview Jacqi Vene, star of Fear Street Part Two: 1978, talks about her new movie The Surprise Visit. This is my first time chatting with Vene, so some background info is discussed as well. Find Your Film co-host Bruce Purkey recently filled in for me during the Belle virtual press day, and he asked director Mamoru Hosoda a question; I added that audio at the end of this episode.
The Surprise Visit hits theaters and On Demand January 14. Belle hits select theaters on January 14 as well.
Interview Timestamps: 0:00 – Intro and brief summary of The Surprise Visit and Belle 6:41 – Jacqi Vene on shooting The Surprise Visit during the pandemic 10:06 – Vene on growing up in Reno and not growing up a city slicker. 16:08 – On working with co-star Eric Roberts 18:00 – The feedback and momentum she has received since Fear Street: Part Two 19:18 – Vene on playing her character in Fear Street: Part Two 20:33 – On being persistent as an actress 22:00 – Vene on her passion for visual storytelling 23:31 – She directed the new short Glitter 25:40 – Vene breaks down why directing is a draw for her 26:55 – One of her favorite films is Interstellar. More recently she loved The Alpinist 29:14 – On the advantages of living outside of Los Angeles 31:28 – Bruce Purkey asks filmmaker Mamoru Hosodaabout the multi-layered facets of the real and virtual word of Belle.
I interviewed Josh Ruben, the director behind Werewolves Within. The horror-comedy is now out on Blu-ray and DVD (it’s also available in a limited VHS edition format).
Interview Timestamps: 3:30 – On Mishna Wolff’s script and editor Brett W. Bachman 5:06 – Working with the ensemble cast 6:36 – Production design and shooting in Phoenicia, NY 8:15 – On the limited edition VHS of Werewolves Within 11:25 – Josh Ruben offers his thoughts on NFTs
I also review (7:24) the Blu-ray for Respect (featuring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin) and discuss my latest Blu-ray giveaway for the Donnie Yen headlined action thriller Raging Fire (13:39). I reviewed Raging Fire on the Find Your Film podcast.
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Last Night In Rozzie, the story of a lawyer named Ronnie (Neil Brown Jr.) who tries to grant his childhood best friend Joey’s (Jeremy Sisto) dying wish, took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to be personally affected by this film, but the drama featured excellent performances (including Nicky Whelan as Joey’s ex-wife) and an immersive narrative that packed a punch during its lean and mean 80 minute run time.
Director Sean Gannet and writer Ryan McDonough were also forthcoming and amiable during our chat, which actually lasted a lot longer than I anticipated. I also asked McDonough a spoiler question regarding Joey’s fate during our interview, and that clip is available for our CinemAddicts Patreon members.
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Filmmakers Desiree Connell and Scott B. Hansen talk about their indie horror feature Bad Candy. Movie is headlined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. Interview starts at the 8:00 minute mark!
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During the 20-minute conversation, Callies talked about creating Aftershock and why she decided to creatively venture into the podcast space. She also gave her thoughts on NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and briefly discussed why she The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is one of her favorite flicks.
Hey guys! Had to reload this episode because this feed actually had an interview with another director instead of Summertime director Carlos Lopez Estrada and Raul Herrera. Anyways, if you already listened to it last week, apologies!
It was a pleasure to interview DirectorCarlos López Estradaand spoken word artist/educatorRaul Herrera forSummertime. The ambitious feature centers on the lives of 25 young Los Angeles inhabitants who have their own dreams and ambitions. A sweeping and at times evocative look at these diverse and inspiring lives, Summertime is one of my favorite films of 2021.
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Here is my interview with Gangs of London director Xavier Gens (he directed episodes 6-8 of the first season). The series is co-created by Gareth Evans, the filmmaker behind The Raid: Redemption and Apostle.
During the interview, Gens talked about his directing approach to Gangs of London and collaborating with Evans on the series. Plus, he looks back on his own career (which includes the films Frontier(s), The Divide, and Cold Skin). Genre filmmaking is a big passion for Gens, as he cites The Thing (John Carpenter), Robocop (Paul Verhoeven), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper) as movies that have heavily influenced him.
Here’s my interview with “Fully Realized Humans“ actors and co-writers Joshua Leonard and Jess Weixler. Feature hits VOD via Gravitas Ventures on July 30. I absolutely love this comedy and it comes highly recommended!
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Episode Timestamp: 0:00 – intro 10:14 – Working with co-stars Tom Bower, Beth Grant and Michael Chieffo 13:03 – There’s a triggering (and hilarious) scene in the movie involving Hummus! They talk about it. 14:54 – Jess on shooting the film while 8 months pregnant. 16:12 – Josh on the similarities between Fully Realized Humans andThe Lie (the previous movie he worked on with Jess). 18:36 – Jess and Josh talk about NFTs (non-fungible tokens)
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Here is my interview with Emily Tosta as she talks about her new film Willy’s Wonderland (co-starring Nicolas Cage). Also covered include her experiences on Mayans M.C. and forming the foundating Karttos Internationalwith her Venezuelan mother.
Willy’s Wonderland is now available On Demand(Anderson & I receive a small commission if you purchase through the Amazon link). FYI I really enjoyed this movie, hit us up on CinemAddicts Facebook Group and tell us what you think of the movie and the Emily Tosta interview (full Q&A is up on my Deepest Dream site).
Tosta talks about the ending of Willy’s Wonderland exclusively on our CinemAddicts Patreon, just fyi! So expect a Spoiler type episode for Willy’s Wonderland for our Patreon community!
Lastly, is Raya and the Last Dragon worth watching?? I give a quick reaction to the movie as well!