Circuit Breaker Episode 35: Oscar Narrative Preview, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and Reader Questions

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter [email protected]_Pod, email us at [email protected], and […]

EXCLUSIVE: Director Bruce McDonald Talks Influences, Pop Culture, the Canadian Film Scene, Music and His New Film, ‘Weirdos’

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: Director Bruce McDonald has been one of the most prominent indie voices in Canadian cinema for the past three decades. He is known for his love for pop culture and aptitude for cheekiness in his films. His filmography spans far and wide, covering a plethora of diverse genres and themes. […]

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]

Historical Review: Bel Powley Carries ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ on Her Shoulders

The autobiographical graphic novel, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” written by Phoebe Gloeckner, was adapted by Marielle Heller, who wrote the screenplay and directed the film of the same name. Refreshingly, “Diary” has sweeping, elegant shots of some of San Francisco’s lesser known views, perspectives and sceneries. Heller did a fine job of taking the viewer […]

EXCLUSIVE: R-Rating and Violence in ‘Logan’ Defended by Mangold, Jackman, Stewart and Kinberg

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: During the first press conference of “Logan” after its world premiere at The Berlinale, Mangold, stars Sir Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman and producer Simon Kinberg justified the film’s violent nature. Mangold made an important distinction between making a film and watching a film, highlighted the paradox of some of […]

Film Review: In ‘Table 19,’ Russell, Kendrick and an Adept Ensemble Add to the Duplass Brothers’ Nonpareil Filmographies

“Table 19“ is further proof that the Duplass brothers can do no wrong. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass have consistently consummated what very few filmmakers have been able to do in their careers: they have complete creative control over all of their projects. They have joined independent royalty along the likes of Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino and […]

Frank & Lola

Film Review: Occasionally Lazy Storytelling in ‘Frank & Lola’ Is Overcome by Shannon and Poots’s Chemistry

Michael Shannon is one of the best actors working today. He is not somebody that chooses his roles recklessly just to earn a paycheck. He is a thespian devoted to his craft. At first glance, one might think “Frank & Lola” is somewhat of a peculiar choice for Shannon, especially since he is putting his trust in first […]

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With the Cast of Amazon’s ‘Patriot’ – Start Binging Today!

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: As part of a relatively new segment of The Berlinale, Amazon’s much-anticipated new series, “Patriot” had its international premiere at the prestigious festival. I had a chance to sit down with Kurtwood Smith, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Chernus and Michael Dorman, as we discussed their characters, careers, social media savviness (or lack […]

Berlinale Review: ‘Logan’ Redefines a Tired Genre by Diminishing Excesses and Finding Its Humanity

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: A visceral, violent, sensitive and heartbreaking film, “Logan” overwhelmingly exceeds the hype. James Mangold‘s second entry into the standalone “Wolverine” franchise marks Hugh Jackman‘s last time dawning the now-iconic adamantium claws. The tone of “Logan” is set immediately, with the film’s setting portrayed as a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland in the year […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 30: BAFTA Winners, State of the Race, Q&A

  Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter [email protected]_Pod, email us at [email protected], […]

Berlin Critics’ Week Review: ‘California Dreams’ Is an Ambitious Blend of Documentary and Fiction

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: From director Mike Ott (“Actor Martinez,” “Lake Los Angeles”), “California Dreams,” a docu-comedy, is one of the first of its kind. It is wonderfully funny, bleak and depressing, blending fiction with reality; the film uses real people not trained actors. It stars Cory Zacharia and follows the lives of five people – Cory, Patrick, Neil, Kevin (A Dog […]

Berlinale Review: ‘Weirdos’ Is a Beautiful Coming-of-Age Ode to the 1970s and American Counter-Culture

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: “We are all weirdos. That’s what makes us beautiful.” This quote from the film, “Weirdos” by Bruce McDonald (“Pontypool,”Roadkill”) consummately encapsulates the main theme of this eclectic period piece. Set in 1976 Nova Scotia, Canada, on the cusp of America’s bicentennial, the film follows two days in the life of two teenagers who embark […]