Stalag 17 (1953) – Billy Wilder

This is a film I had been eager to see, and was glad to see it come up under the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as a recommendation following my viewing of The Great Escape. My eagerness to see it was twofold, I like Billy Wilder’s work, and Stalag 17 is the…

The Relic (1997) – Peter Hyams

This one should have been a sure fire winner, a bestselling book, a family strong cast including Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore and a fun creature feature story, featuring work by Stan Winston and his team – so what went wrong? The Relic is my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, as I…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Survival

Sylvester McCoy’s final story, the close of Season 26, is the subject of this week’s review. Survival was written by Rona Munro, and aired in three parts from 22 November to 6 December, 1989. The story marks the final appearance of Sophie Aldred as Ace, and that of Anthony Ainley as The Master. Ace and…

Tarantula (1955) – Jack Arnold

  My time with director Jack Arnold continues, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time around, we find ourselves int he middle of the desert menaced by a giant spider. But don’t worry, things work out in the end, and we’re all saved by Clint Eastwood. Really. Near a small desert town, Professor Gerald Deemer…

Jungle Cat World – June 2015

  My first trip to Jungle Cat World was part of my 40th birthday celebrations, and at that time, my hopes had included having the experience of being able to pet a tiger. The specific tiger I’d hoped to meet was Nadine, but she was off-site that day, so even though I was disappointed, I…

Muppets: Most Wanted (2014) – James Bobin

Every now and then, when I find things aren’t going as well as they could, a dose of nostalgia tends to help me get back on track. One of the things I most love from my childhood, is The Muppets. It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get, those bunch of lovable pieces of…

Over My Head (Wildlings Book Two) – Charles de Lint

  Before I talk about this book at all, I want to first say that I have not read the first book in the series, so I had to do a little mental catching up before I was able to get into the story as a whole.  Luckily, however, the world de Lint has created…

Hands On Exotics Presentation at Dufferin Clark Library

  I only found out about these guys quite recently, and pretty much by accident, but ever since then I’ve been trying to figure out a time and opportunity to check them out more closely.  I finally got that chance on Wednesday afternoon, and I have to say – I am pretty thrilled with what…

Hot Docs: Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite

  I had a couple of concerns going into my screening of Blackfish last night.  Part of me was really looking forward to seeing it, but another part of me was a little worried.  Would I be confronted with graphic images of a veteran trainer being suddenly killed by the orca whale she’d been working…

Turning 40

  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love animals. I love being around them, I love petting them and playing with them and snuggling them. I tell them my deepest darkest secrets and have no fear of judgement from them. Movies about them make me laugh and cry more than any other….