Trailer: Stronger

If Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day wasn’t your thing, and you are yearning for a less ‘rah-rah-rah’ story about the Boston Marathon bombing, well, I am not entirely sure you will get that with David Gordon Green’s survivor story, Stronger. While it focuses less on ‘finding those responsible’ and more on ‘dealing with the trauma’ of these incidents, it is definitely swinging for the fences in terms of Oscar-bait kind of performances. Nothing wrong with that when you have Jake Gyllenhaal doing the heavy lifting. Gyllenhaal has proven over the past decade that he one of the best American actors working today, whether it be in a weird arthouse thriller like Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy or Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, or in mainstream Hollywood adult movies such as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoner, or Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition.

Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin. While waiting for her at the finish line the blast occurs, and he loses both his legs. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, his battle has just begun as he tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family.

Cinecast Episode 411 – We Wanna See The Business

Despite seeing nearly 100 films combined at TIFF 2015, Ryan from The Matinee and Kurt indulge Andrew by getting out to the multiplex to see the latest Johnny Depp performance, as James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. We have a spoiler discussion on that, but needless to say, no one was overly pleased with Andrew for suggesting it. Kurt and Ryan attempt to wrassle TIFF to the ground after 11 days of shared screenings and food. They, in part, hash out the bests, the beasts and the worsts (or in the cast of Love 3D, the wurst) of some of the films on hand.

But wait, there is more.

Ryan and Andrew have a Watch List which includes re-evaluated Spielberg, various Afflecks and a new-ish film starring Matthew Broderick. Hunker down with your favorite blankie, take out your blue contact lenses, and settle in for the show!

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!




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Borchardt Stars in The Hagstone Demon

TheHagstoneDemonMovieStillRemember Mark Borchardt? If you’ve seen American Movie, chances are you’ll never forget the charismatic Borchardt and if you haven’t, what on earth are you still waiting for?

I didn’t realize that aside from continuing to make films, Borchardt had also developed a bit of a career as an actor in small budget productions. He’s been in a few films, none of which I’ve heard of never mind seen, but one of the films he recently appeared in is getting a fair bit of attention.

One of our friends at Quiet Earth has proclaimed The Hagstone Demon “one of the hands down best films I’ve seen this year.” That proclamation alone is enough to peak my interest but add in the fact that the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is screening the film for Halloween, and I’m convinced there’s something here to consider.

Borchardt plays Douglas Elmore, “an alcoholic caretaker of a condemned apartment building infested with female demons and hairless cats.”

The screening at the Museum of Fine Arts is part of a double bill which also includes American Movie making this an event not to be missed. And if you’re curious, as I was, about Jon Springer’s horror film, be sure to check out the trailer. Looks to have just the right amount of gothic mood to interest me.

Tickets for the The Hagstone Demon and American Movie can be purchased from the Museum’s website.

Trailer is tucked under the seat!

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