Now here’s a festival lineup that’ll snap you out of that crushing lethargy that comes from self-isolation, and make you excited about film again! Once again, I’m reminded of just how good the CUFF team — which is celebrating its 18th year with the online portion of the event April 23 to May 2 — is at finding amazing-sounding movies. 

Stuff like …

• BLOODTHIRSTY: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good werewolf flick. The subgenre is great for exploring things like fear of one’s own appetites, loss of control, change … all that good stuff. Based on the trailer, I’d say we’ve got a potentially fascinating thinky-shrieky good time here. 

• LIVE SCRIPT READING: HURT THEM (May 1 at 2 p.m.): Whaaaa? Really, John? A script reading? That’s not even a movie! To that I say; “Hell, yes, I wanna see this, it sounds amazing.” Firstly, it’s got Michael Peterson in the director’s chair, which is enough to get me interested already. Secondly, how often do we get to see a script reading? It’s a part of the filmmaking process we rarely witness. Thirdly, it’s not just anybody reading the script, it’s Re-Animator’s Barbara Crampton, and Michael Freaking Ironside! Are you kidding me? Michael Ironside could read the back of a ketchup packet, and I’d give him a standing ovation! Lastly, it’s free. See this. No excuses!

• FIRST DATE: This sounds like a fine black comedy in the fun-night-out-goes-unbelievably-awry tradition, and I’m always up for one of those. 

• FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL: TAPE TRADING CLASSICS: The always-hilarious FFF guys dig deep into their “Hey, You’ve Gotta See This!” drawer. 

• RIDERS OF JUSTICE: OK, that’s a stupid title, but Mads Mikkelsen is always fascinating to watch, and here he gets to play an Angry Revenge Dad, like Liam Neeson in Taken, or Stellan Skarsgard in In Order of of Disappearance, or … or Mads Mikkelsen in The Salvation. Oh, hey! There’s a trailer! (Watches trailer six times.) Yeah, I’m definitely watching this.

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