Meddling Kids (2017) – Edgar Cantero

When I was a kid I loved reading the Hardy Boys (I could knock out a book in a day – which to me at the time was amazing, and I loved those little blue hardcover books). Between ages 11 and 12, I danced around the edges of things that could be interpreted as scary,…

Firestarter (1980) – Stephen King

It was going to happen sooner or later, I came across a Stephen King that really didn’t do it for me. There’s an idea at the core that I really enjoy, but it felt like King wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to go completely dark, in his telling of this tale. Little Charlie McGee is…

Toy Story (1995) – John Lasseter

As I return to the Family section in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I am delighted to dig into another Pixar movie. In fact, the first Pixar feature film. Since 1995, Pixar has released incredible films that have become a treasured part of modern culture. It’s hard to believe that it…

28 Weeks Later (2007) – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

  Seems I can’t really get away from the zombie genre lately, and the Sci-Fi Chronicles let me catch up on the sequel to Boyle’s classic 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, which obviously, picks up 6 months after the events of the first film. This one is packed with recognizable faces and names, Jeremy…

Body Snatchers (1993) – Abel Ferrara

  My time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues as I examine the next iteration of the classic sci-fi tale of the Body Snatchers with this 1993 update. This version features Gabrielle Anwar in the lead supported by Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and R. Lee Ermey. Anwar is young teenager Marti Malone, who is on…

The 2014 Canadian Film Fest: Play – The Film (Alec Toller)

Screening today at the Royal Theatre at 4:15pm is this short, but hugely entertaining and frequently hilarious feature directed by Alec Toller with one of our show’s recent guest, Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun in a starring role as well as serving as the film’s producer. Bruun plays Alec Hess, an ‘ahem’ visionary film director who is bring…

Canadian FilmFest – Mr. Viral (2012) – Alex Boothby

This evening, the Canadian FilmFest presents a screening of the highly enjoyable, Mr. Viral at the Royal Theatre. The film follows the antics of a group of folks in an ad agency… whose exterior is right where we work! At the center of the story is Simon (Jefferson Brown), a rather disillusioned ad man, now ad…

Toronto After Dark – Lloyd the Conqueror – Michael Peterson

Canadian geek comedy finds its way into the Toronto After Dark Film Festival with the Live Action Role Play comedy – Lloyd the Conqueror. Lloyd (Evan Williams) a likeable if a little dim fellow with a very 70s feathered hair style and his friends, Patrick (Jesse Reid) and Oswald (Scott Patey), are having a bit…

Deathdream (1974)

This is one of those small low budget horror movies that kind of gets lost in the shuffle, added to the fact that it has suffered a number of name changes as well, including Dead of Night, The Night Walk, and The Night Andy Came Home, it was really no wonder that I hadn’t even…