Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Fear (2017) – Dirk Kurbjuweit

Hitting trade paperback on Canadian book shelves this week is this engrossing thriller penned by German author Dirk Kurbjuweit. A captivating tale the novel explores themes of love, family, perceptions of masculinity, and the rule of law. The novel opens with a murder. And a confession. For months Randolph Tiefenthaler and his wife, Rebecca and…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Defective – Reese Eveneshen

Screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is this science fiction action flick that is sure to be a divisive viewing experience. In the not so distant future, corporations are in control, and our phones and televisions will advise on everything that is acceptable, and remind us of…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) – The Bonding, and Booby Trap

Captain’s log: stardate 43198.7 Ronald D. Moore who would later to go on to reimagine Battlestar Galactica, and bring Outlander to the screen wrote this episode when he joined the writers’ room on the show’s third season. With an original airdate of 23 October, 1989, the show worked within the constraints of series creator Roddenberry’s…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Impossible Horror – Justin Decloux

Having its world premiere tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is this odd and strange film shot here in Toronto. With a runtime of just over an hour, there isn’t a lot to it, and at times it seems experimental, while at others, to paraphrase one of the…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Eat Local(s) – Jason Flemyng

At 7pm tonight at Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto After Dark is hosting the Toronto premiere of Eat Local(s). A fun vampire romp that is sure to please audiences, the cast is stacked with recognisable faces and names, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Dexter Fletcher (Band of Brothers)…

The Mind Reels & Travelers

The science fiction drama Travelers from creator Brad Wright returns for Season 2 tonight at 9pm on Showcase. And believe me you want to tune in, because wow what a start to the new season! With stunning revelations, and great characters this winner, starring Eric McCormack, Nesta Cooper, MacKenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman and…

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) – Norman Jewison

It’s time to dig into some of the previously un-reviewed (for me) recommendations in the Musical section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and I was rather surprised with how much I enjoyed Norman Jewison’s anachronistic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera. Christian theology has never really been my…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Trench 11 – Leo Scherman

Zombie Night at the Toronto After Dark film festival continues at the Scotiabank Theatre with the Toronto Premiere of the Canadian biological horror film, Trench 11. Without putting too fine a point on it, this has been my favourite film of the festival so far. It’s not overly zombie-filled, but the story is captivating, it’s…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Dead Shack – Peter Ricq

Toronto After Dark’s Zombie Night gets underway this evening at 6:30 at the Scotiabank Theatre with a special presentation of the Canadian zombie film, Dead Shack, directed by Peter Ricq. A fun, if short and simple film, the story follows three youngsters, Jason (Matthew Nelson-Mahood) and his friends Colin (Gabriel LaBelle), Summer (Lizzie Boys) and…