Sunday Matinee: Quezon’s Game [Film]

 

“As WWII loomed and the 1930s drew to a close, desperate Jewish refugees seeking to flee German/Austrian ghettos and the escalating atrocities of the Nazi regime found little help from countries around the world. More than 10,000 miles away, over weekend poker games at the Malacanañg Palace, prominent Jewish businessman, two-for-a-nickel cigar maker Alex Frieder, implored his friend “Manny,” Filipino President Manuel L. Quezon, to assist him in establishing asylum for refugees in the tropical, island country. Also helping devise the dramatic rescue plan was American diplomat Paul V. McNutt, who labored to overcome oppressive U.S. objections to the plan, imperiling his own political career and presidential aspirations. Willing to risk it all, it was a moral obligation the Filipino leader was determined to fulfill … despite astronomical obstacles, the Philippines struggling, U.S.-reliant economy and his own gravely failing health due to a relapse of tuberculosis.

 

Instrumental as well was an ambitious, young U.S. Army Colonel, future president Dwight D. Eisenhower, then chief aide to General Douglas MacArthur, serving in the Philippines, a U.S. territory at a time when Filipinos (even diplomats and officials), like African-Americans, were required to use “Colored” bathrooms at the White House. Although Quezon’s intent to rescue 10,000 Jews was abruptly curtailed by the Dec. 8, 1941 invasion and three-year occupation of his country by the Japanese, he, his wife, Aurora, and daughter, Baby, succeeded against all odds to welcome more than 1,200 refugees, initially housing them on his own family’s property, Marikina estate. Yet in his final days in 1944, as president in U.S. exile, he regretfully turned to Aurora and asked, “Could I have done more?” – Greenleaf & Associates PR

 

 

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Oh Folks, do we have a great Sunday Matinee for you all today. First off, my sincerest apologies for the very long descriptive quote right up top. As many regular readers would know, this is usually a very brief overview of what the film is basically about. And while this one isn’t nearly as “brief” as they normally are, please understand that Quezon’s Game is a film that is littered with so much complexity and anxiety-driven content that I felt it was necessary to go long. This is a powerful film, Everyone. I know that words like “powerful” and “moving” seem to get thrown around very willy nilly like these days, but in the case of this masterpiece of cinema, these are pretty accurate descriptors, and I will stand by them.

 

I will be the first to admit something that I’m sure many other people would think simply in reading the description of this film….I HAD NO IDEA! It’s almost damn near shameful how much I did not know about the events that occur in this film, or the involvement of the Philippines in World War II. But after seeing Quezon’s Game, I simply cannot stop talking about it! I would hope that this would speak volumes to the work that filmmaker Matthew E. Rosen and writers Janice Y. Perez and Dean Rosen have put into showcasing the bravery and courage, let alone other the desire to simply do the right thing, that this incredible cast of historical characters managed to a show during such a frightful time.

 

 

We mentioned last week that we may have found the first great film of 2020 with the likes of Adrianna Maggs’s Goalie, but I am now here to say that it took less than a week to find yet another wonderful film of this year, with it only being January! Seriously Folks, I can’t imagine a world where we are not talking about Quezon’s Game a year from now when we are wrapping up our favorite cinematic pleasures of the year. It just doesn’t seem possible.

 

Quezon’s Game recently saw a wide release in theaters across the U.S. and Canada this last Friday, and are currently showing NOW! More theaters will be showing the film this coming Friday as well. See more details below:

 

 

List of U.S. + Canadian Markets

For theater locations, visit: https://www.quezonsgame.com/screening

 

United States

Opening Jan. 24, 2020

Hawaii

Honolulu

 

Illinois

Chicago

 

New Jersey

Bergenfield, Elizabeth

 

Nevada

Las Vegas, Reno

 

New York

Brooklyn, New York City

California

Berkeley, Elk Grove, Los Angeles, Roseville, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco

Virginia

Alexandria, Norfolk, Virginia Beach

United States

Opening Jan. 31, 2020

 

Alaska

Anchorage

 

Arizona

Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix

Colorado

Denver

Florida

Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami

Georgia

Atlanta

  

Maryland

Baltimore, Gaithersburg

Massachusetts

Boston, Danvers, Framingham

Michigan

Detroit

Minnesota

Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis

Missouri

West Olive

Mississippi

Jackson, Southfield

Ohio

Cleveland

Oklahoma

Tulsa

Oregon

Portland

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Texas

Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Plano, San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

 

                                                                             Washington                                                                                          

Olympia, Seattle

 

Washington D.C.

Metro

Canada

Opening Jan. 24, 2020

Alberta

Calgary, Edmonton

British Columbia

Vancouver, Surrey

Manitoba

Winnipeg

 

Ontario

Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto

Quebec

Montreal

Canada

Opening Jan. 31, 2020

 

Alberta

Grande Prairie, Red Deer

British Columbia

Kelowna, New Westminster, Victoria

Ontario

Kitchener-London, Ottawa, Vaughan

 

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon

 

Yukon

Whitehorse

 

 

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Saturday Special: Kill Ben Lyk [Film]

 

“Three people have been murdered in London, all by the name of Ben Lyk. Scotland yard decides to gather together all the other Ben Lyks located in London until they can figure out who’s after them and why. One of the Ben Lyks is a young Youtuber, he thinks this attention on his name could finally be his shot at becoming an internet celebrity. What would you do if your namesake had been killed ? Is Ben Lyk the most dangerous name since Sarah Connor?” – October Coast PR

 

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Folks, I have something for you all today that I think you are truly going to enjoy. We are featuring a film that is, well, to keep it simple….so damn much fun. Much like in the vein of a previous film we showcased earlier this year (Reality Queen), this is a film that takes a somewhat satirical look at a very real problem, makes it sort of terrifying, but most humorous. The film is Kill Ben Lyk, and think it is fantastic. I’ve been known to have a slight amount of disdain for the world of the YouTube elite out there, so many I am simply in love with the idea of watching someone portraying one of these figures getting hunted down and possibly murdered. Or is that too dark? Either way, the concept of the film is simple in nature, but it’s truly amplified in a wonderful way when a lovely dose of narcissism is peppered into the scenario. In fact, it’s what really made me enjoy this film.

Another descriptor I might throw out there to describe what occurs in this wonderful film is…WILD. And it starts almost directly from the beginning. In fact, I mean the VERY beginning. I seriously found myself laughing out loud in the first two minutes….just before two lives are taken. Yes, it’s that sort of dark humor that we honestly could use more of in this world today.

 

 

Director and co-writer Erwan Marinopoulos has also created something very unique with the likes of Kill Ben Lyk. For those who may not watch a thousand movies a year, the seamless transition that the film makes from hide and seek thrill ride into a who done it type mystery may not be very obvious. And I suppose that is what would make it seamless, and again, so much fun! The cast feels like an effortless ensemble, and huge kudos to Simone Ashley who is so great in this film, and has single-handedly made me want to check out the Netflix Orginal series Sex Education which she appears in. Which should be no surprise when I think about how a wonderful performer can take on a wonderfully written and complex character and make it all their own.

So, do it up Folks! If you looking for a fun hour and half of cinematic joy, Kill Ben Lyk will not let you down. I simply cannot recommend it enough.

 

Kill Ben Lyk is in select theaters now, and will have a VOD release coming early this year.

 

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Alex Castillo [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! We are here to end the week with a banger of an interview to share with you all. To say that Alex Castillo is a star “on the rise”, could seem a bit belittling, as he has put a good 20 years in the business, working on so many projects you know and love. But in most recent years, his career simply seems to be exploding! Especially with his appearance in the new critically acclaimed film Clemency, which we will learn more about below. Beyond the on screen world, Alex joins our incredible cast of voice over acting characters that we have been honored enough to have featured on the site. Alex’s voice over credits include working on the hit Disney film Coco, huge Hollywood films such as Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and Stefano Sollima’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and right back to one of our favorite films of 2018, the brilliant Silencio.

On screen, Alex has appeared on just about every television drama you have come to know and love over the years. Seriously Folks, the list is insane. To name just a few for time’s sake: 24, The Shield, The Unit, General Hospital, Monk, JAG….and dozens more.

And again, this is just a spattering of some of his best work. With that, we are so very excited to have Alex grace our digital pages here today. We are honored to have him join the TWS family, and couldn’t be more excited to share his words with you all here today. So Folks, please enjoy some incredible words from the great Alex Castillo!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something that has been ingrained in you since you were a child, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day? 

I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in entertainment but didn’t have the courage to do it early in my life. So, after college I worked in marketing and brand management in the consumer products industry for many years for some of the biggest companies managing some of the biggest brands in the world, but something was always missing. Eventually I had the courage to admit to myself that I needed to make a change. I left that career and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and shortly after founded my production company, Castle2000 Films.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today? 

My first paid gig in entertainment was as the “Mexican Farmer” in the Walt Disney hit movie Holes starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Shia LaBeouf. The biggest lesson I learned from that experience is hard work pays off. Two other lessons: there are no small roles, only small actors and enjoy the ride.

I have recently become aware of a film you worked on that looks incredible, the 3x Spirit Award nominated film Clemency. Can you tell our readers a bit about this project, and what made you want to get involved with it? 

Clemency is writer/director Chinonye Chukwu’s award-winning death-row drama. It’s about prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) and the toll that years of carrying out death row executions have taken on her. As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the psychological and emotional effects that her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. I play Victor Jimenez, an inmate on death row facing execution and whose story opens the film. Chinonye’s exceptionally well-crafted script is what drew me to this film. After I auditioned, I knew I had to be part of this film. I needed to help her, and the filmmakers, tell this important, timely story.

Another wonderful project that you did some voice over work in was Silencio, which was one of our favorites of the last year. So, sort of the same question, what was it that drew you to Lorena Villarreal’s incredibly unique story? And how was your experience working on this project? 

Lorena Villareal is a talented filmmaker. A good friend asked if I could work on the film and after reading the premise I said yes. Lorena is incredibly collaborative with a clear vision which made the experience a great one. Any time I can help an emerging filmmaker, schedule permitting, I am there.

 

 

If you were handed the opportunity to create & star in the biopic of any legendary figure in history, who would it be?

Brazilian musician João Gilberto who developed bossa nova music and helped turn the style into a worldwide craze. I would the challenge of bringing his incredible life story to the screen.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I’m currently promoting Clemency ahead of its December theatrical release. The film will continue to open theatrically around the world throughout 2020. Up next for me, roles in two indies: Kate Johnston’s Turn Left and Jason Gurvitz’s In the Desert of Dark and Light. On the producing front, I am currently in development on two feature films: Nick Oceano’s Finding Albie Finch and Bill Deasy’s Ransom Seaborn under my Castle2000 Films banner.

Twitter: @castilloalex Instagram: @castilloalex2000

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

The thought of my upcoming vacation in the Caribbean.

 

 

Danny Woodburn [Interview]

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I am so very excited to share this incredible interview we have for you all with the incredible actor Danny Woodburn. Danny is the man that you know and love, you has worked in just about every genre and field imaginable. Possibly most notable would be his appearances in the hit sitcom in which we have managed to have several writers, producers, and stars here on this very site, which would be Seinfeld. But, as we are compelled to do around here, he is yet another of the cast of wonderful characters to have a reoccurring role on our beloved sitcom, Becker. That’s right Folks, we HAD to ask about Becker. And you will not be disappointed with what he has to say about working on our favorite series.

Of course, there was so much to discuss in regards to Danny’s inspirational and multi-faceted career in the world of performance, as well as his selfless advocacy work for performers with disabilities, which he will discuss below. With that, I feel like we should just jump right into it! Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Danny Woodburn!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you have had since a youth, or did you simply find yourself in this world one day?

My choice to begin my career came in my early 20s.  I had always aspired to be like the comedians I saw in the day and 70-80s (from Flip Wilson to Don  Rickles and Cosby Carson,  Carlin to Pryor,  Winters to Williams;  the list goes on and on.   But, at first I did not see it as a career choice.  Hollywood did not seem attainable. In my mind it was some other.  But I always had the bug to perform as far back as age 4 when I used to act out the songs on a Woody Guthrie album called Songs to Grow On.  To try to get a laugh from my mom.  But after high school, once I decided to study acting, it was all over, that was where I was headed.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of acting? And where there any sort of lessons learned on this specific project?

On stage in an improv troupe called Loose Change.  We headlined at a bar/club in New Hope, PA called John and Peters.  I got $7 after we split the door.  The lesson I learned was that improv troupes did not make money.

First TV role was an episode fo Hunter in 1991.  I played a thief who hit bars after last call.  What I learned here was that it is very easy to look like you are overacting if the director never yells cut.

In 2001 & 2002, you made a couple of appearances on one of my favorite TV series of all time, one that we have actually just showcased a full week of interviews about, which is the absolutely wonderful show Becker. We are compelled to ask anyone who has ever worked on this program in any form, including the show’s creator, what they thought about working on the set of Becker? And was there anything about this show that set itself apart from others you have worked on?

I had a great time and being asked back to any show in my view shows a real sense of family by the creators and lead cast.  Ted and the gang there were very welcoming and I loved the smart ass nature of my character.  I liked the fact that this was a real character, a person and not some exaggerated version of little people that so often was posed for me to play.

 

 

Now, I know that Becker may be my favorite show, but I know that you have worked on other more legendary programs. Another one of which we have spoken with many writers from, is perhaps one of the most legendary sitcoms of all time, which would be Seinfeld. You had a brilliant reoccurring role as Mickey Abbott. So again, what was it like playing through the mind of folks like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David?

Seinfeld was my first sitcom and maybe only my 4th or 5th TV show.  I was thrust into the work day immediately after my audition, so I felt I had to really be on my game.  The show ran very smoothly in my novice opinion and the cast was a terrific group to work with.  My scenes with Michael were always a highlight for me and he was such a perfectionist in his craft it inspires a young actor to be at his best.  Coming back again and agin has been one of the great stories of my career and I was honored to have been a part of such a legendary TV show.  It changed my career.

In 2014, you portrayed one of my childhood heroes in the 2014 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film was very CGI heavy, but I know there is still has to be a lot of work that goes into portraying the legendary Master Splinter, even if you had somebody else doing the voice over work. So, how was this experience for you? What sort of work goes into making a film like this?

It was a new experience for me working in Mo-caps suits all day.  It is meticulous work and scenes are filmed many more times than in a traditional film shoot.  We all had Tobe on our acting game and create a physicality and expressiveness worthy of out character.  But it was strenuous work to be sure.

When you look back on your career that spans almost 30 years in this business, what would you say you are most proud of? Not necessarily one specific project, although it could be, but as a whole what do you look back on with the most pride? 

To work directly with legends like Angela Lansbury, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, James Earl Jones, Anne Francis, Billy Barty  James Garner, Gene Wilder,  Eddie Albert Jr., Vincent Schiavellli, and of course Robin Williams.

Probably my greatest joy working on a sound stage came while working on Death to Smoochy.  Under Danny DeVito’s direction who was like the papa on that film surrounding himself with a comedy family was truly one of the greatest privileges. And to have scenes with Robin and work with him every day, for someone who saw him as an inspiration of comedy, was something I will cherish; all the more now that he is gone.

Also to be able to be an advocate for actors with disabilities is where a great deal of my passion lies.  I continue to try to make strides for performers with disability to be given equal opportunity to employment.  This is of the utmost importance to me.  This is why I work as SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disability co-vice chair, with the Ruderman Family Foundation,  the ReelAbilities Film Festival and the National Disability Theater Company

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Today in addition to acting and advocacy, I write and direct and am creating my own content with my wife of 21 Years, Amy Buchwald.  We have a short film we just finished recently and are posting now.  Also I just acted in a movie called Faith Based which will be out soon.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Re-binging The Office and just watched the Michael and Holly proposal scene.  Sadly I did not really watch it while it was on and now that I have worked with and met a couple of the cast I am hooked.

New Music Tuesday: Silver Medal – The Trophy Room [EP]

 

Praise be to the indie rock/pop gods that have shone their eternal light on this lovely Tuesday. We have an absolutely wonderful record to share with you beloved followers and anyone who has lamented against the state of indie music in the modern age. Some of our old pals, as well as some new friends, that make up the incredible Portland based band Silver Medal have a wonderful EP that you should all know and love. And we are going to dig into it very quickly. But, first…..

I am sure that a lot of you can look back on the music we have showcased in the past, and may be noticing that there has been a shift in taste and definitely the amount of content and time we are putting into the world of independent music. I could apologize for this, but honestly, it’s just age, Folks. We are getting older, and after a dozen years of digging through the digital crates, it’s beginning to feel a bit taxing. Oh and speaking of taxing (watch out! Here comes the Segway!)….

If you can remember back to just over a month ago, you will remember a track that neared upper crest of our Top 100 Songs of 2019, which would be “Tax Season”. It is damn fine track, and an obvious pick for a single from this incredible 5 track opus. Silver Medal mashes the loud wall of sound structure that makes them special with a loud pop vocal superiority that makes their songs so damn catchy and easy to listen to, also a huge trait that makes the band shine.

 

 

But, as much as I love “Tax Season” as a single, it behooves me to recognize the fact that The Trophy Room is an EP that simply MUST be played as a whole. And with several listens back to back to truly grasp how truly unique and brilliant Silver Medal is as a collective. Even with just 5 tracks, there is so much to unpack on this album. Each track gets a bit longer in length, starting with a 2 minute introduction to aforementioned pop sensibilities with “Good Riddance” and wraps itself up nicely with the nearly 6 minute opus like cut “Upon Remembering and Ancient Curse”, which is definitely my favorite song of the batch. But again, this is an album that works best when listened to as a whole, and this may only be my favorite track because it’s the grand finale to a collection of brilliant songs.

Seriously Folks, Silver Medal the band with that indie pop sound that I feel like everyone can know and love. We’ve been covering the work of the band’s lead vocalist, Jared Brannan, for a lot of years. Many moons ago, I can remember comparing his song writing to what it would be like if Dostoyevsky were a folk singer. And while the sound has somewhat shifted, improved I would say, the same sentiment still stands. I’ve none Jared, and other members (former next door neighbor to Allen Anderson here, I wonder if he remembers that? Allen?), in different PDX incarnations over the years. Everyone in the group has been making delightful sounds in one way or another for so many years, and it really feels as though it has all cultivated to reach this point, with this very specific project that I hold very dear to my heart. They are an incredible act, and I implore anyone with the means to find yourself at one of their shows. I can only imagine it to be a hell of an experience that I wouldn’t want to miss.

So with that, pick up a copy of The Trophy Room wherever you buy your music. I’d suggest starting out at the band’s website,silvermedalmusic.com. Pick up a copy on vinyl even. Support those who create great art. Which is exactly what Silver Medal is, great, wonderful, and exciting art.

 

DeJuan Guy [Interview]

Hello Folks! Today we have another incredible interview with another legend in the world of acting. Today’s interview subject has been giving incredible performances in both film and television since before most of us could even imagine what we wanted to do with our lives. It’s the great DeJuan Guy! DeJuan has had a plethora of notable roles in his career, many of them will be discussed below. What was also just as fascinating to learn about what was some of the roles he may have been hand-picked for but sadly didn’t get to work on, but would make up for it a decade later. We will also discuss this below with the legend himself. Whether it is beloved sports films for 90’s kids, thought-provoking hood movies, or classic horror cinema, there are very few areas that DeJuan hasn’t spun gold within with is clear and obvious talent

We are so very excited to have this multi-faceted actor gracing our digital pages today. Mr. Guy has a wonderful story to tell, and we are so happy that he was able to carve some time out of his busy schedule to share a few words with us today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great DeJuan Guy!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of performance? I understand you started pretty early in life? What drew you to this life?
My very first memory is of me doing improv with my aunt Pinky (Irene Nettles). I guess that was my introduction to acting. We would base our improvisations off of the Cosby Show. It was from that moment on that I was drawn to perform or entertain whether it was on camera for home videos, rapping happy birthday songs on top of a table at a restaurant or performing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” at my uncle’s wedding. The feeling it gave me to be in front of an audience drew me into this buisness.
What was your very first paid gig in the world of performance? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?
When I was 8 years old I was discovered by the late John Singleton while portraying the role of Travis in A Raisin in the Sun for a scene study my aunt Pinky was doing for a class in which John was also a student. After watching the scene, John asked me to audition for the role of Trey in Boyz N the Hood . I read with Laurence Fishbourne and as far as John was concerned, the role was mine. However, due to the nature of the role and language content, the studio decided that I looked to young to play the role intended for a 12 year old. As a result, John was forced to cast me in a smaller role that was later edited from the film. That was my first paying gig. I learned from this experience, that just because you get on film does not mean you will make the final cut. That has stuck with me ever since.
One of your earlier works was in one of my favorite films when I was young known dearly as Little Giants. I am curious to know what the set life was life on this film? Was it as fun to work on as it was for me to enjoy as a kid?
What I remember most about Little Giants is going to audition for Steven Speilberg at his office that had a cool arcade in it. I spent a lot of hours on set and sometimes I didn’t even get to shoot, but I had fun and the food was amazing! It was such an honor to work with a legend.
Another incredible film you worked on, that I enjoyed at older age, is the John Singleton 2001 modern day classic film Baby Boy. So what was it that drew you to this project? I understand you had already known Singleton for quite some time?
My neighbor told me John was casting for Baby Boy in Leimert Park, which was not far from where we lived. I felt very comfortable crashing the audition by pulling up and requesting to see John Singleton. After given the “run around”, I told the secretary that I saw John’s car in the parking lot (not knowing for sure, it was just a guess). John was happy to see me and had me read for Jody. Later I was cast in the role of Looney Toon and the rest is history.
I understand you have a new project coming out soon entitled Eviction Notice that sounds very interesting. Would you mind telling our readers a bit about this project? What will be have the pleasure of seeing you do?
Eviction Notice is set to release next year. I play the role of Cash Clay, a record producer from Atlanta. The film is based around some college girls who have hit some hardships and need to raise money for rent. Cash Clay is interested in one of the girls and wants to help them in any way possible.
If you were handed the opportunity to appear in the biopic of any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?
I would love to be in a biopic film about the legendary Nipsey Hussle. Growing up in LA and in an area close to where Nip grew up, I can relate to his music and see and appreciate what he did for the people in the community. I strongly believe his music and message should be spread for years to come. The marathon continues. My homeboy Larrance Dopson produced a lot of music for Nip, so I have been following Nip long before there was a “Victory Lap”. I cannot think of a biopic that would have more personal meaning for me than this one.
What else does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?
You can look forward to seeing me directing as well as acting in the near future. I will continue to perfect my craft.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
Seeing my daughter Mia laugh, was the last thing that made me smile.

Sunday Matinee: Goalie [Film]

 

“The life of a professional hockey player was not always a glamorous one. For legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk, each save means one more gash to his unmasked face and one more drink to numb the pain. Even with a wife and seven children at home, he is haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. Sawchuk traveled across the country racking up 103 shutouts and 400 stitches to his face, proving that this is a man who lives, breathes, and dies a goalie.” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks! While we have absolutely adored the films we have already covered this year thus far, I am here to say that I believe we have found our first EPIC drama of the year thus far in the form of this hockey lover’s wet dream of a film known as Goalie. Yes, when it comes to the world of hockey, I would presume to imagine that die-hard fans will probably be all too familiar with the career and life of Terry Sawchuck. I mean, what a damn story this guy had. But, I am also here to say that as somebody who doesn’t really follow hockey (like, at all) Goalie is a film that is indeed about hockey, but is actually about so much more than the game. While it is the central theme of the film, the act of sliding a puck over ice, possibly directly into a person’s mouth, is for another life force within the story of Terry Sawchuk himself, or at the very least, another character in his story. His dedication to the game seamed to stem back to a his time spent as a misguided youth who rarely saw sensitivity as a positive attribute, although he seemed to have plenty of it in his heart, yet his alcohol abuse that was used to numb his physical pain would sadly bleed over into his emotional wounds as well. Which is a pain that cannot be iced or heated away over time. This is the major takeaway from the film as a whole.

While it’s easy to consider the sport of hockey to be just another game to play, it is important to realize that at times there is a level of commitment to a self-destructive lifestyle that is simply unexplainable. This is why the story of a man who receives 400 stitches to the face over one career is so exhilarating and wildly unbelievable. But here it is Folks, for those interested in the human condition to a fault, Goalie is the film for you. Again, you don’t need to be a follower of the sport to enjoy this masterpiece.

 

 

Writer and director Adriana Maggs, as well as her sister, co-writer Jane Maggs, have crafted a story about a life that many have most likely never heard of before. Or, one that some are all too familiar with. Either way, Adriana and her band of talented cohorts have created something absolutely beautiful with Goalie. So much of why this film is so wonderful is obviously because of the writing. But as we have shared in the past, without the right people to deliver the lines, the storytelling just won’t work. And hot damn if they didn’t hit the nail (puck?) directly on the head in having Mark O’Brien portray Sawchuk himself. The intensity and passion that I could only imagine the real life Terry having is prominent and incredible through Mark. And of course, having one of the greatest screen actors of our time, Kevin Pollak, portraying the legendary Jack Adams is just another given that you are in for something truly special. But, let’s not forget about the one who truly stole the show for me, the one person with just enough sense to see the truth around them, but too love-stricken to completely avoid a terrible situation, which would be Georgina Reilly’s incredible portrayal of Sawchuk’s often disregarded companion, Pat Morey. To say that Georgina’s performance was anything less than brilliant would be a damned war crime in cinema. She’s that great. All the writing, performances, cinematography, all of it…it’s all a delight and I have no qualms in calling Goalie the first great film of 2020.

 

Goalie will be in select theaters on January 31st, and available on DVD and VOD on February 25th from Dark Star Pictures.