The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard – Available On Demand!


The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, starring Lost Girl’s Kris Holden-Ried and Zoie Palmer, is a film that will always have an important part in my life, it was one of my fave films of 2011, and also created a number of friendships and acquaintances with some amazing people, not the least of which is Jeremy Lalonde, Mary Krohnert, Anthony Grani, Christine Horne, Kris Holden-Ried and Pat Mastroianni. You can have a look at my original review here…

Now this funny, touching, and highly enjoyable film is available on Vimeo On Demand, which means you can watch it in the comfort of your own home, and this is so a movie to cuddle up on the couch with, snuggle close to someone you care about, and enjoy. So click this link here to check out the film on Vimeo, or you can check out the official site here or here.

After you watch it, let me know what you think!





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August in the Underworld

Our friends Mary Krohnert and Anthony Grani brought this amazing project they are involved with to our attention. Created by Marchlight Films and using the creative talents of some amazing folk like Mark Huisman, Ben Deutsch and Claire Francis Muir amongst others, it’s bringing back old school puppetry to the cg-inundated 21st century in what promises to be a fun tale about good versus evil, romance, adventure, slugs, and the underworld!!

Check out their trailer below, follow them on Twitter @AugustSeries, find them on Facebook under August In The Underworld, and share it all with your friends! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Just wait til you see the podcast!!!

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Happy 1st Birthday for The Mind Reels!

When I was younger, physically and chronologically, not mentally, I often thought about talking and working with people in the entertainment industry. I also thought about being a starship captain like James T. Kirk or walking with dinosaurs, but hey, one dream at a time.

Growing up, I was not necessarily an outsider, but I was often on the fringes of my school groups, I wasn’t necessarily the ‘weird kid’, I was just interested in different things. They liked the movie where such and such happened. I may have liked the same film, but I was always more interested in how the such and such happened on the big screen, the story behind the story. And that’s what I wanted to do with my life, maybe write, maybe direct, maybe even act!

Life, as it tends to, got in the way, and I found myself manning the counter of two of the bigger names in home video rentals, and watched the transition from VHS to DVD, and DVD to Blu-Ray.

It wasn’t til last year, as my 40th Birthday leaned threateningly over the horizon, that someone dear to my heart (you know who you are) pushed and nudged me, insisting I do something with my love of film, television and pop culture. I toyed with the idea as I crawled into bed that night, and just as I was drifting to sleep, my eyes snapped open, and I turned the lights back on, jotting down a title on the notepad I keep next to my bed. ‘The Mind Reels.’ I liked it. It worked. And it worked on a couple of levels. Brilliant I thought.

The next morning, I ran the idea past one of my best friends, Sue, and convinced her (it didn’t take a lot) to partner up with me on this idea. I sought out the advice of where the best place was to start up a blog, and got some advice on podcasting from my friend Ryan, and boom.

Within 24 hours, The Mind Reels had been created.

And now here we are.

1 year later.

And what a year this has been, this blog and our podcast, has taken off beyond any of the dreams I had for the first year. I’ve met some amazing people, some I’m lucky enough now to call my friends, seen tons of movies and TV. I do need to do a little more in the book department (I’m constantly reading – I just never make a post about them, I’ll see about changing that) and yet for all that we’re constantly expanding.

We’ve covered film festivals (thank you Hot Docs! WorldWide Short Film Festival, Toronto After Dark Summer Nights), we’ve covered conventions (Niagara Fall Comic Con, Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, and Fan Expo!) we’ve been to screenings, set visits (Sex After Kids, Pete Winning & The Pirates) and then, there’s the podcasts!

We’re now featured on the internet channel Smithee.TV and Sue and I are constantly looking at one another with dumbstruck looks on our faces… how did this happen?

Our friend Ryan, whose own website is brilliant, gave me all kinds of advice on podcasts, and then after that very important screening of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, which we did to support our love of Lost Girl, and it’s cast members Zoie Palmer and Kris Holden-Ried who were both in it, the world of interviews opened up to us thanks to one man… Jeremy LaLonde.

We took a chance, and contacted him and asked him if there was any conceivable way that he would meet us for an interview.

And he surprised us both when he said yes.

I mean, we were shocked! I mean honestly… who were we? Just a couple of people who were interested in films, admittedly I had written a raving review of Paul Shepard (SUCH A GOOD MOVIE!!!).

But Jeremy, one of the people I know count myself lucky to call a friend, told us that in most cases, interviews would be ours for the asking. You just have to find the right route, the right contacts, and network. This year has seen a lot of that.

And look how it’s paid off for us, what a guest list we’ve had… IN OUR FIRST YEAR!!! Jeremy LaLonde, Beth Beard, Christine Horne, Katie Boland, Anna Silk, Rick Howland, Nadia Bassett, Tanya Lemke, Jodi Anne Balfour, Victor Webster, Ali Liebert, Mary Krohnert, Charlotte Hegele, KC Collins, Natasha Eloi, Emily Schooley, Sandra DaCosta, Devon Bostick, Tim Doiron, April Mullen, Amanda Brugel, Mary Krohnert, Anthony Grani, Kate Hewlett, Tony Amendola, Miracle Laurie, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Huse Madhavji, Paul Amos, Stacie Mistysyn, Sean Cisterna, Supinder Wraich, Dan Fox, Jay Ferguson, Lucas Bryant, Casey Hudecki, Nina Conti, Ryan Goldhar, Lance Guest, Catherine Mary Stewart, Sylvia Caminer, Melanie Lentz-Janney, Clay Peterson, Michael Harmon, Michael MacLennan, Adrienne Mitchell, Janis Lundman, Rebecca Sandulak, Tanis Rideout, Simon Racioppa, Tony Todd, Jamie Bamber, Daniska Esterhazy, Bruce Sweeney, Chloe Rose, Seth Cooperman, Ashley Hirt, Rebecca Gibson, Kiowa Gordon and Meg Tilly.


Thank you, each and every one of you! You have made such a huge impact on myself and Sue, you’ve come on our show, you’ve made us feel like friends and family, and you’ve spread the enjoyment you’ve had with us to others.

And THIS has just been our first year doing interviews and podcasts!

Now we’ve moved into our full studio, soon to be podcasting live and our guest list seems to be growing, and we’ve got so many amazing things in the works, familiar faces and friends will be back, as will new and amazing guests. Who would you like to see come on the show? I have a dream list that I am constantly updating, and I’m really starting to dream big! I’d love to chat with Steven Moffat, or Steven Spielberg! I’d love to kick back and laugh and have a chinwag with Tom Hanks! But you know what?

I wouldn’t change a thing about any of the interviews we’ve had. Every single one of them has been FANTASTIC, and I truly believe that once they realized we weren’t your usual interview, they all had a great time, and just relaxed and opened up.

In fact, that is my favorite moment in each and every interview, the point that I constantly bring up with Sue in our post-interview talk… I love when each and every guest reaches that relaxation point and just chats to us. They openly relax, we’ve got them to relax by talking about something like their favourite movie, and then we’re just chatting and laughing with one another. That is always my favourite part.

Everybody does interviews, we’ve always been more interested in having a conversation.

It’s literally been a whirlwind, and Sue and I are right there in the center of it. It’s been amazing!

And people read our posts, people listen to our interviews!

That still amazes us, and from the bottom of our hearts, I thank each and every one of you. You read what we write, you retweet it, you respond to it, you tweet us your thoughts about what we’ve shared, you’ve helped us chase down interviews, and we’ve been lucky enough to meet some of you in person.

We have been so fortunate with the people who have come to our website.

So, with my eyes a little teary as I write this…

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

And for me personally, Thank you for letting me do what I’ve always wanted to do, and letting me know that I’m not wasting my time with it.

As we move into our second year, I have high hopes, aspirations and dreams for what’s to come for The Mind Reels, and I know it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to work at it, to make it be all that it can! To push ourselves, to chase down leads on stories and interviews. It’s really hard work, but it’s paying off, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. Because I do.

I’m looking forward to many more birthday celebrations for The Mind Reels, looking back on what we’ve done, and going boldly forward to our next goals, challenges, and oh, all those amazing people we get to meet.

Sex After Kids – Set Visit

“Let the chaos begin,” director Jeremy Lalonde says, repositioning his trademark hat as he returns to his station at the monitor.


And the scene comes to life before my eyes.

It’s mid-afternoon on the set of Sex After Kids and he’s watching an establishing shot of a party in the park. On the screen in front of him, Katie Boland tosses a rubber ball to some children, while Zoie Palmer and Paul Amos talk in the background, to the left of them, an attractive group of ladies, Mary Krohnert, Kate Hewlett and Amanda Brugel are chatting, and Kristin Booth wanders through the frame pushing a stroller.

He waits, watches, making sure he gets what he wants, and moment later, “cut” is called.

For me, this has been an awesome day, for everyone else it’s just another day on set.

I arrived just before 10 in the morning and learned that most of the cast and crew had been up and about since about 6, and on set before 7am! Greeted by Jennifer Liao, who shares producing credit with Jeremy (who also wrote the film) I grab a chair by the production tent, and settle in to watch, from a distance, as Jeremy and his crew work with Zoie and Paul as they film a scene of the two of them strolling through a park talking.

And it’s the perfect day for it.

The sun is warm, dancing on the wealth of green leaves overhanging the park from the towering trees, light flickers back and forth as a breeze pushes the branches about and keeps things cool. Grey-furred squirrels chase one another around the trunks of trees, as people with dogs or children wander about the park.

Between takes, Jeremy steps forward, coaching his actors, as Trina Brink, the make-up artist for the first half day steps forward to touch up Zoie’s hair. Moving back to their first marks, the take rolls again.

Jeremy is happy, and calls a wrap on the scene. A car arrives quickly to spirit Paul and Zoie away for a change of wardrobe as the crew races to change locations, racing the day, the light, and the quick turnaround of a costume change. Co-cinematographer and camera operator Zach Melnick lugs the Red Epic camera over to a bunch of benches, while Dennis Alexander Nicholson maneuvers his boom into a position that won’t show in the frame.

Yvonne Drebert, the key grip, has her people moving and setting up incredibly quickly, reflectors and light bouncers sliding into place under the hand of familiar face of one of our former guests and the producer of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, Anthony Grani.

Co-cinematographer Ann Tipper sets up the monitor in its new position, and wires up the focus-puller so she can watch the shot from the monitor with Jeremy.

Overseeing all of it, with a ballcap and sunglasses in place, a script never far from her hand is the 1st AD (Assistant Director) Chris Ross.

Minutes later, Zoie and Paul are back on set, settling onto the bench, and after a quick run through of the scene, Jeremy is ready for the cameras to roll.

Around all of this, Toui Manikhouth, the set and production designer, is hard at work decorating trees with balloons, streamers and signs proclaiming Happy Birthday.

That’s when not only the awesomeness of the magic of film hits me, but also the work that goes into it. Not 10 meters away, Paul and Zoie are filming one scene, all while Toui sets up for the party scene. And because of the position of the camera, the angle of the shot, you can’t see any of that.

Jeremy has his shots figured out, though he always listens to his crew for advice and suggestions, and knows exactly what he needs to get for each shot, knowing where the cuts will be from wide, to medium to close-up.

The man is prepared.

I get to say hi to Juli Strader, the publicist for the production, who, through Jeremy’s kind permission, got me on set for the day. She and Jen talk and co-ordinate, they, like each and every other member of the crew help out in any way that they can.

Over by the benches, the camera repositions for another take and angle, and there’s a sudden burst of laughter as Zoie, Paul and Jeremy share a joke.

There is an easy sense of professionalism that permeates the set. Everyone is comfortable and knowledgeable in their positions. They are in those spots, because each one of them is capable, and they all know they can rely on one another to get things done quick, fast and safely.

Make-up steps in to fix Zoie’s hair, and they camera rolls one last time on that scene.

This time when cut is called, Paul gives me a wave as they slip back into a car to race back to change wardrobe, get some errands in, lunch, and maybe even a nap before they are needed back on the set for 2ish.

The two of them, like everyone else here, are doing this in what free time they have. Everyone has a daytime job, whether on another production, in an office, or a warehouse, it’s a miracle that they all have the energy they do.

The lovely, and charming Amanda Brugel arrives on set with her wonderful son and mother in tow. We’re introduced, and have a fun little chat with one another, watch for that podcast!

Although I’m not involved in the film, I don’t think I could’ve cast these roles any better than Jeremy already has. He has amassed some of the best, most attractive and talented  people, in front of and behind the cameras. I felt stunningly handsome by proximity!

Shortly after, I was delighted to see two of our former guests arrive, wonderful ladies I am fortunate enough to know and call friends, Mary Krohnert and Kate Hewlett.

After a round of hugs, we all wander over to the next set-up, a swing-set which marks the first meeting, on-camera, of Mary’s Kate’s and Amanda’s characters.

Jeremy invites me behind the monitor with him, and I watch the scene play out, the few lines of dialogue I hear (I went out of my way to not listen to much of it – I don’t want any spoilers) are sharp and funny, everything I would expect from the writer of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, and after one wickedly delivered line by Kate, and a horrified look from Amanda, the set descends into raucous laughter after cut is called.

They shoot a medium and then a wide, the crew moving fast to move reflectors around, and work to keep the camera cool, sitting as it is in the hot sun.

Jeremy runs the scene again, and then calls out, “That’s lunch!”

It’s just after 1 in the afternoon, and most of these folks have been on the go since 6.

I’m invited to join in the lunch, and after visiting the craft services table, I settle in and chat with the crew, who are laughing and telling stories. Lunch ends up feeling more like a picnic as we sit on the grass and blankets enjoying the sun and the company.

I feel welcomed and right at home, and my geeky Yoda shirt gets some bonus points. It’s a fun time, and I’m thankful that they let me join in and feel like a part of the group.

They talk about geek things, as well as some of their own projects, but above all, it’s fun. Each and every one of them is happy to be there, putting together this film, following Jeremy’s vision.

As 2pm draws closer, more and more folks arrive on set, the brilliant Katie Boland arrives and we have a quick laugh and catch-up with one another, I also get a chance to say hi to Kristin Booth and Paul, who is back on set to shoot another scene.

As soon as lunch is over, the crew leaps into action to frame a scene for Paul, Amanda and Kristin, and once again, while I’m close enough to see everything clearly, I do my best to block out the dialogue flying around, but Kristin’s eyes sparkle with each line she delivers, she’s really enjoying herself in this scene.

I slip away while they reposition reflectors and move to a close-up on Amanda, and I sit down and chat with Kate and Mary for a few minutes (which will also be up in a podcast, stay tuned). The two of them together are so much fun, and there’s a fun chemistry around the table we’re sitting at.

Where does Jeremy find these amazing people?

It’s now time for the party scene, Toui has made the last adjustments on the trees and the table, and the cameras are in place.

It’s later in the afternoon, and Jeremy knows he’s working against the sun now. He explains to his crew exactly what he wants, positions his actors, and shoots, and shoots and shoots.

He starts with a wide establishing, and then breaks each group of actors into a separate shot filming one after another, methodically and patiently, getting what he wants and moving on.

As the clock brushes 5, Kris Holden-Ried shows for his appearance. He, like everyone else, is working under an extreme schedule, but says hi to me as we introduce ourselves to one another, before settling into his script and waiting to be called into the shot.

“Let the chaos begin,” director Jeremy Lalonde says, repositioning his trademark hat as he returns to his station at the monitor.

I don’t know about chaos, I just saw a wonderful cast and crew, on a fantastic day in Toronto working on a film that I and so many others are waiting to see…

Sex After Kids.

Some of My Fave Canadian Films!

It’s Canada Day! YAY!

And to celebrate, I thought I’d post about some of my favorite Canadian movies, we all know that Canadian television right now is amazing – Lost Girl, Bomb Girls, Continuum, Flashpoint and oh so many more, as Sue and I have constantly and consistently raved about.

So here’s a few of my favorite Canadian Films, all of them are fairly well known, so I don’t think that there will be any surprises, but have a look, and share your thougts.

First off, all hail the new flesh with David Cronenberg’s cult classic, Videodrome. Released in 1983, it still creeps me out, is still wicked to watch, and Deborah Harry is so hot in this film! James Woods plays a bit of sleaze and TV programmer, always looking for something to push the limits of his channel. And he hears about a program called, videodrome, which features sadism, sexuality, and murder. But reality and television, body and media all blur as his life spirals out of control. I also love seeing Toronto of the 80s, I see places and streets I recognize and ones I’ve never seen, as they are no longer there. Cronenberg is a master and has made some brilliant films, but this one will be my fave of his work.

Sarah Polley, herself a Canadian icon, growing up on Canadian television on the show Road To Avonlea, slipped into toe director’s chair to bring us the lovely Away From her. Based on the short story The Bear Came Over The Mountain by Alice Munro, Polley directs two screen icons masterfully. Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie star as a couple who go through an amazing trial when Christie’s character is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Heartbreaking, lovely, and an all round gorgeous film, this one is a weeper. And Sarah directs the film masterfully, eliciting fantastic performances from her stars.

Things are rotten in the brewery in this updated take on the Bard’s classic Hamlet. Strange Brew is Bob and Doug McKenzie in the big screen. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are goofy, lovable, and stereotypical Canadians. And yes, if you actually pay attention to the story it is blatantly Hamlet, right down to the ghost of a slain father, and the name Elsinore, in this case a brewery where Bob and Doug end up employed. While I was a teen in Bermuda, I couldn’t see this movie enough. All the “eh’s?”, the shots of the CN Tower, before the dome, the stubbie beer bottles, hockey, doughnuts, and just the goofy, harmless humor of it all. Takeoff eh?

Rock Paper Scissors: The Way of the Tosser. The first film of our dear friends Tim Doiron and April Mullen. Shot in a documentary style, it’s oddball, goofy, and one could easily dismiss it, if it weren’t for the big heart that it wears on its sleeve, that makes it endearing. April and Tim put it all out there, and you can’t help but love them for it. With Dead Before Dawn 3D on the horizon, I like to go back every now and again, and revisit Holly and Gary Brewer.

The movie is just fun, and yes, there actually is a yearly RPS competition that happens here in Toronto.

The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard. This film will always be inextricably tied to The Mind Reels, and it also introduced me to some wonderful people I now count as my friends, Jeremy Lalonde, Mary Krohnert, Anthony Grani and Christine Horne. It’s a sharp, witty romantic comedy, shot in a documentary style that shows off some of the amazing talent Canada has to offer in front of and behind the cameras. And like Rock Paper Scissors, this is only the beginning for Jeremy and those lucky enough to work with him.

If you haven’t seen any of these, check them out!

Celebrate Canadians!

Celebrate Canada Day!


Podcast of Dreams

“If you build it…”

It’s no secret that Tim and I consider ourselves to be almost unbelievably lucky in the interviews we’re been able to do for our podcast in the months it’s been since we started this whole journey to adventure.  What started out as just us, sitting down as friends and chatting about the things we enjoy, quickly turned into something far more the moment director Jeremy LaLonde agreed to meet with us.  To say we were nervous but excited would be an understatement on both counts.  He ended up being as supportive of our little venture as we have become about his career, and Tim and I are both honoured and pleased to count him now as more of a friend than simply a (now) recurring podcast guest.

Since that first night, it’s been our surprised joy to have had the opportunity to speak with such an amazing variety of incredible and talented guests – people we never could have dreamed would actually agree to talk to us.  Seriously, there have been some weeks where it’s been just ridiculous, and I’ve wondered how I’m ever going to get through all of things we’ve managed to line up, AND work my full time day job at the same time!  But somehow it all keeps coming together, and every time we think we’re about to hit a lull, something else awesome comes up and we’re right back into it again!

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve both been overwhelmed and thrilled with how well each interview has gone, too.  Tim and I both strive to foster a more casual environment for ourselves and our guests, and we try to make our time together more like a conversation than an interview, really.  I personally have loved speaking with everyone we’ve been able to wrangle thus far, and even when I haven’t been feeling my best, it’s always been really fun.  I’ve been learning a lot, too – about the film/TV industry, about the people themselves, and – occasionally – about myself.  Those are the podcasts that tend to stand out most for me, I think.  Sometimes I find myself so engaged by our guests that I forget about everything else and just exist in that period of time.  That’s when the experience stays with me long after we part ways or hang up the phone.  It’s like sometimes I actually feel that something really special is happening, long before I can begin to articulate it.

“…people will come.” 

Field of Dreams is one of my favourite movies of all time.  No matter how many times I see it, I never fail to revisit all of the feelings I had watching it the first time.  I’ve even been to the actual field in Iowa where it was shot.  One theme of the film is that you should do what you love, and it’s possible that there really is something to that.  Turns out our Little Blog That Could is taking off, too – steadily growing from week to week and from month to month – even as Tim and I work to expand our own wings to encompass more and more of the things we are passionate about.  The idea that anyone – strangers especially – would want to read about or listen to us prattle on about the things we love seemed absolutely silly back in October when we first started this project.  But we were fuelled by a need that wasn’t being met by any other sites we were familiar with, so we decided to just do it ourselves and see how it went.  In these few short months, we’ve FAR exceeded any expectations we may have had going in.  I don’t think either of us imagined that we’d be talking to the people responsible for creating our favourite shows and movies, nor that the world could actually be so small.  And we’re still just getting started.

I believe it was after having the rare honour to speak with Meg Tilly (I was on an emotional mess of a rollercoaster for a bit from that one!) that a friend asked me who would be my ultimate interview.  I could choose only one male and one female, but other than that, the sky was the limit.  In my wildest dreams, who would I most like to have as a guest on our podcast?  No criteria for the choice, either – just that there could be only one of each.  Like The Highlander, only not.

My guy was pretty easy, actually.  No one saw it coming, either, but probably because I based my criteria largely on the fact that I’ve had a schoolgirl crush on him since I was five years old, and I know that even now, the idea of meeting him in person – let alone getting to talk to him – sort of reduces me to a giddy mess.

Rick Schroder has always been my boy, it seems.  The blond hair, big blue eyes, freckles and dimples – I was in sandbox-love from the first moment I saw him in some Disney holiday special on TV after he’d been in The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark.  After that, his picture literally covered my bedrooms walls while I was growing up.  When I got a little older, I realized he and I would make some pretty beautiful babies, too.  He went on to marry a beautiful girl (Canadian, too – so close!), and they’ve had a brood of beautiful kiddos of their own, so I can’t fault him for any of that, really!  ;)

And really, I think that – once I got over my initial ridiculousness (and remembered that I’m gay) - we’d end up having a really good conversation for our interview.  I think we’d get along really well, and I’d end up feeling pretty casual and comfortable with him.  So that’s why I chose him.  I’ve followed his career, his personal life, and we’re so close in age that, even though our lives are completely different, I believe we’d connect on some basic common ground.  I think it’d be really fun.  After I was done being a grade school fool about it, of course.

My girl – choosing her is not so easy.  At all.  Most of the people I would love to interview – Madonna, Carol Burnett, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson – the list goes on and on, yet I have a feeling most of them would either hate me, or at the very least, not enjoy any of my contributions to the interview at all.  Maybe I just feel insecure because I admire them so much, and I’d really want them to like me.  Or not be annoyed by me, at least.  I’m not sure I’d be able to generate as casual an atmosphere in an interview with anyone like that, because I would be expecting far too much of myself going in.  The people who have really been easily wonderful and open and fun to interview thus far have almost caught me off-guard with how genuine they are, and I’ve found myself sharing in the conversation more than I would usually, even with actual friends.  Jeremy LaLonde, Meg Tilly, Kate Hewlett and the delightful duo Anthony Grani/Mary Krohnert have all been very charming and disarming in their ways, and I feel like I could talk to all of them pretty much forever.  With bathroom breaks and such, naturally.

So, really, I am not sure who my ultimate female interviewee would be.  If I could go back in time, I would love the chance to sit down with Marilyn Monroe for awhile.  I’d love to whisk her away from prying eyes, and hopefully make both of us so comfortable that I’d end up getting to talk to the Norma Jeane part of her, instead of the public icon she’d created.  I’ve felt connected to her for most of my life, really.  I’ve even been to her crypt to pay my respects, and to tell her I was here.

She died almost exactly a decade before I was born, but a huge part of me truly believes we’d be able to connect on a lot of things, if some DeLorean-flux-capacitorized, time-warp, wormhole-like event would just give us the chance.

Hey, could I still record that on my iPhone?

Happy Holidays from Tim and Sue

Sue and I just wanted to take this moment, before the holidays ride rough shod all over us, and we’re too stuffed, inebriated, or unable to find access to the internet to wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays.

We’d also like to thank each and everyone of you for your support in our first three months here at The Mind Reels.

We’d also like to thank our great guests! Beth Beard of DangerGirl Photography, Jeremy Lalonde (fantastic director!), Mary Krohnert (our most adorable actress), her awesome husband producer Anthony Grani, the excellent Emily Schooley, Rick Howland (Trick, our favorite Blood King and pub keep on Lost Girl) and his amazing wife Nadia, our dear and amazing friends April Mullen and Tim Doiron (Dead Before Dawn 3D!!!!) and K.C. Collins (the very cool Detective Hale on Lost Girl)!

And a special thanks to two more people… Ryan McNeil over on who has given us lots of advice and help, and to Balamara Arana, you know who you are, and how important your faith and belief has been to this site. THANK YOU!!

And things are just getting started! Wait til you see what we have planned for the new year, so don’t forget to visit often, bring friends, tell the world!

Check back tomorrow because our interview with the ever awesome K.C. Collins should be up… our present to you!

Have a great weekend, have fun, be responsible, and try and share a little of the warmth and love that is supposed to be the true meaning of Christmas.

Hmmm… I feel a nostalgic post coming on…

A Second Look – The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard

We returned to the Carlton Cinema last night to enjoy a second performance of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard.

And I have to say, I enjoyed it even more this time around.

After our laugh filled, extremely enjoyable interviews with the film’s director, the awesome and seriously funny Jeremy LaLonde, the producer, the ebullient and fellow geek (how’s Game of Thrones coming along?) Anthony Grani, and one of the film’s talented stars, the endearing Mary Krohnert, our experience of the film rose to a whole new level.

We reveled in the performances once again, and this time, it effected us both even more. I’ve openly admitted to being heartbroken when Sam (Mary Krohnert) is crushed at Christmas and on their second anniversary, and this time was no different, in fact I had tears in my eyes this time, no manly man me. 

Having spent some time in S-Mary’s ;) presence, I couldn’t help but feel more protective of her, and I liked watching her grow (once again) into herself, a strong woman who’s learned to ask for what she wants in life. We’ve already warned Mary that we will be happily following her career… watch for her in the next month or so on a new episode of Flashpoint! Sam is the heart and soul of the film and Mary perfectly embodies her. As I told her when we spoke for me she is Sam, and to me I could pay her no higher compliment, she was the character.

And would you believe she’s just as darling in person, cause she really is, but she interviews way better than Sam ever could!

But my creative partner, Sue Maynard and I were both strongly moved by Zoie Palmer’s Hayley, because this time, we knew going in, what had happened to her character, and it let us watch her performance in a whole new way, and this perception changes the character. Despite the fact that she has the funniest scene in the film, and we still laughed, there’s another layer under her light banter in the first interview scene, one that hints at how scarred and hurt she was by Paul. It was there the first time, obviously, but I simply picked up on it this time. Zoie has some serious chops, and brilliantly layers her performance, and then when she breaks, it caught both of us so hard this time. As she rages, you have no doubt that she’s completely justified in her anger. She tries to cover things up in her life, gloss it over, or even hide from it, I think the juice box affectation lets her tap into her inner child to allow her to distance herself from what she does on a daily basis now that Paul left her. In short, Zoie, as expected, is fantastic. And how hilarious would it be if she used all the pics from her character’s photoshoots as 8x10s to sign for fans?!

Sadie (Christine Horne) is still a delight and after having talked about her performance with Jeremy, I can see that there’s Sadie The Artist, the semi-facade she puts on for her fans, because yes she is angry and hurt over what Paul has done, hells she wrote a book about it, and Sadie the Woman Behind The Artist, which she lets slip when she chats to Paul. A woman who thinks she understands him better than any. And I think Paul is kinda bothered by the comment that they’re the same.

Kris Holden-Ried shines. He is “Super-fantastic buddy!” and I loved watching how he interacted with all of his co-stars. As we’ve established, he’s really not a bad guy, but one relationship in his past, spoiled him for everything that came after. And with each of his co-stars, his character missed out on so much.

Lisa (Tricia Braun), to Anthony’s credit, flawlessly delivers one of the most important lines in the film, and his description of absolute contentment is perfect for her. This is a woman who has found her place in life, and thrives. Is her marriage perfect? I’ve never met one that was, but you know that both she and her husband work at it to keep the romance alive and are truly happy to be with one another.

And that’s something that Paul doesn’t get, or even understand…

But what about all the things we missed the first time round… all the shout-outs to Hoff’s New Direction (I really do want one of those shirts!), the fact that Anthony was also the producer on the fictional documentaries “Shell” and “Myth and Measurement” both of which were TUWOPS films… I love reading credits on fictional posters.

Watching for all the Pandas, which leads us to Paul’s producer Ray (Alex Poch-Goldin), pure hilarity! His look of sheer joy that someone else gets pandas when they visit with Lisa is priceless. Sure he spouts a lot of facts and waves releases about, but like any good friend, and one assumes any good producer, he pushes Paul on the documentary of his love life once he realilzes that the panda one is a no-go, he wants it to be the best film that Paul can make, and I’d tag along with him to crash a craft services table anytime.

I know there are a number of people who haven’t seen it, and want to, Jeremy and Anthony have both confirmed a possible dvd run, so watch the Paul Shepard Facebook page and website for details.

We’ll also share what we learn here!

This is such a wonderful film, and deserves to be seen.

The Mind Reels is looking forward to seeing what Jeremy and company bring us next.

The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard Cast Q&A

This vid has been making the rounds on Facebook, and we wanted to link to it on our site as well.

This vid was shot by some Lost Girl fans sitting directly behind Sue and I who seemed to enjoy the movie as much as we did.


Episode 4 with Mary Krohnert & Anthony Grani

Hey folks, welcome to our fourth podcast, wherein Sue and I got to sit down with a fantastic couple, Mary Krohnert who played Sam in The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, and the film’s producer Anthony Grani. We talk about their work, the film, and find out that they’re geeks just like us!

We recorded at the Starbucks in Chapters at The Eaton Center, so pull up a chair and a cuppa, and settle in for a fun little chat, running just over an hour it’s our longest interview yet, but let me tell you, it flies!

[EDIT] As mentioned we are continuing to import our podcasts to YouTube you can find us under TheMindReelsCanada, or you can just listen here…