Interview: ‘Carrie Pilby’ Director Susan Johnson

Carrie Pilby is as quirky of a movie as is it’s main character of the same name played by Bel Powley. The movie is out now on DVD and I had a chance to speak to the director of it, Susan Johnson. Below is the entire audio with my interview with Susan. Check it out:

MY TAKE:

I enjoyed my interview with Susan and appreciated the honest insight she provided. There was no doubt that she felt passionate about the making of this film and was very involved on stayed true to the book. I was quite surprised that they cast this movie for over a year. She really gives a lot of credit to Bel Powley, deservingly so for her performance that brings the character to life. The NYC atmosphere seemed to be a big key to the setting of this film. The fact they barely had to use any extras as most people who appear in the film were off the street pedestrians passing by. That’s so New York.

I’m glad Susan didn’t shy away from discussing female filmmaker and her experiences. We are at a time in society where female filmmakers are putting out a lot of quality and unique films. I’ve had the privilege to interview some of them, as you can see on this site.

I’m interested in seeing the three projects that she has coming up. They seem all very different and interesting from what she described them to be.

Fans of the novel will definitely enjoy the film, but even if you didn’t read the book you should give this movie a try. It’s funny, quirky and relatable with some fine actors and performances. It has a female voice that’s refreshing.

‘Carrie Pilby’ is out now on DVD, Digital and VOD

Podcast Ep.4 Part 2: Jim and Don Discuss the Death of Adam West and Blu-ray Releases

In part two of the podcast for episode four, Jim and Don discuss the Blu-ray/DVD releases for the week of June 6 and preview the releases for week of June 13. They both share their favorite Adam West memories. They also debate the Black Panther trailer and the news of Superman’s involvement in the Justice League movie.

Podcast (Ep. 4) Part 1: Jim & Don Discuss What Went Wrong With ‘The Mummy’

In episode 4 of the Reel Talker podcast, Don Shanahan and I discuss the release and underwhelming debut of The Mummy. Don and I delve into the importance of I, Daniel Blake. Don shares his thoughts on My Cousin Rachel and It Comes at Night. All that in part one of the podcast.

Podcast: Jim & Don Discuss ‘Wonder Woman’ (Ep.3)

Episode 3 of the Reel Talker Podcast is all about Wonder Woman. Jim is joined once again by Don Shanahan of the CIFCC. Jim brings up his frustrations with the early Wonder Woman critic reactions. Don discusses his favorite moments of the film and why he things it can be an inspirational movie. The guys debate where Wonder Woman ranks among DC movies. All that and more in the podcast.

*Podcast was recorded prior to the movie release.

Podcast Ep. 2 Part 2: Chicago Film Critic Don Shanahan Joins To Preview The 2017 Summer Movies

In the second part of episode 2 of the Reel Talker podcast, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle’s director Don Shanahan stays on to talk about Zach Snyder leaving Justice League due to unfortunate personal issues, Tom Holland not being the right fit as Spider-Man. Don and I also preview the 2017 summer movie season. Don’t know which movies to check-out and which ones to avoid? Listen in to what we think are the movies to see and to skip.

Podcast Part 1: Reel Talker Podcast Episode 2. With Guest Co-Host Film Critic Don Shanahan

On episode 2 of the Reel Talker podcast I’m joined by film critic and Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle director Don Shanahan. In the first part of the podcast we discuss the new Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch theatrical releases. We also discuss the Blu-ray releases of the week, Logan and Get Out. Listen in to the banter and the fun that we had talking about these movies.

Interview: Filmmaker Hunter Adams

I didn’t know of Hunter Adams prior to seeing his latest film Dig Two Graves, so when I got a chance to speak to him I wasn’t sure what he’d be like. Hunter was very chill and cool to talk to and I enjoyed his film. Check out my interview with Hunter and listen in to what he had to say about making of Dig Two Graves and what inspired him to be a filmmaker.

MY TAKE:

There was a lot of interesting info that Hunter shared in the interview. So he’s also a fellow Midwest guy as myself, actually from nearby Wisconsin. It’s fascinating that he grew up on the same street as famed filmmaker Howard Hawks. I can see how that be an inspiration and gave him hope in making it in the industry if a famed director comes from your hometown. I was interested to hear him speak on the selected location for the movie shoot. When you see the film you know that location is really unique and fitting with the movie plot. For some reason I thought it was somewhere in Virginia or Pennsylvania, but it actually was here in Illinois, in the town of Marion.

It’s always neat to see rising filmmakers put out interesting movies. I’m curious to see how his next project the TV show Blue Palms will turn out. He certainly has a flare for thrillers, but comedy will be an interesting thing to see him do. Dig Two Graves is a movie you should give a chance to. It has a talented cast and mysterious story. I didn’t know what to expect of the movie, but enjoyed what I got to see.

Dig Two Graves is available and out now On Demand, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, XBox and Playstation.