I’ve been watching Kris Holden-Ried in LOST GIRL for some 29 episodes and never realized he was in one of my favourite films. Holden-Ried was Alim’s boyfriend Giles in TOUCH OF PINK (2004) which is about an Indo-Canadian man (Alim, played by Jimi Mistri) who moves to London (UK) to be able to live openly as a gay man. Alim gets regular advice from the spirit of Cary Grant (Kyle MacLachlan). It is a great film and I recommend it highly, but when I saw it, I had no idea who Kris Holden-Ried was. So I went on Netflix to find out what other films LOST GIRL’s wolfman might have been in.
Holden-Ried’s first film, as it turns out, was also the first film for EUREKA’s Colin Ferguson. ROWING THROUGH (1996), based on the David Halbertsam novel, is a lovely, quirky thing that will tell you more than you probably want to know about the sport of rowing. The film also featured interesting automobiles, including a Citroen, a 1958 Chevy, and a VW Beetle. It deservedly got a Genie nomination for cinematography.
Netflix also has a more recent Holden-Ried film, NIAGARA MOTEL, about the problems of three couples who find themselves in a run down motel in Niagara Falls. The film starred Craig Ferguson, now the host of THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, and for that reason alone is worth watching. But it’s like three films are running simultaneously. All the characters in this film are interesting, but there are too many of them to follow in any detail. The best bet seems to be to watch the film three times and focus on a different bunch of people each time.
There is another Holden-Ried effort on Netflix but I have yet to watch it. Despite my good experiences with the three mentioned above, I am hesitant about SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE.