Gun Crazy (1950) – Joseph H. Lewis

  The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Night of the Hunter is this 1950 film that sees Barton Tare (John Dall), a good man, and a crackshot, being pressured by his wife and marksman, Annie (Peggy Cummins), to go on a robbery spree…

Field of Dreams (1989) – Phil Alden Robinson

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull is this beautiful and highly enjoyable film from Phil Alden Robinson who wrote and directed the film based on the book Shoeless Joe Jackson by W. P. Kinsella. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa…

Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen

The final recommendation following Manhattan in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is the Academy Award winning Annie Hall. And while even now, I don’t understand how this film beat out Star Wars for best picture, I can admit it was pretty good. Except for the fact that I don’t think Woody…

Toronto After Dark: The Battery (2013) – Jeremy Gardner

  Zombie Appreciation Night continues following the UK zom-com Stalled with the character driven undead piece The Battery. Made for a budget of barely $6000, the film focuses on Mickey (Adam Cronheim) and Ben (Jeremy Gardner), a pair of former ball players, paired together as survivors, constantly on the move as they eke out an…

Speed (1994) Jan De Bont

  Jan De Bont’s directorial debut lands him squarely on the 101 Action Movies list as well as garnering Oscars for Best Sound and Sound Effects Editing. Keanu Reeves is back, this time he’s Jack Traven, a LAPD cop playing a dangerous game with a bomber, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) who’s making things personal after Jack foils…

Death Race 2000 (1975) – Paul Bartel

  The 101 Action Movies brings a Roger Corman  produced classic for viewing, which pits David Carradine against a new comer named Sylvester Stallone. In a world where Mr. President (Sandy McCallum) has been in power for a while, after a devastating war with the French, in order to prove their virility, and their love…

Evil Dead II (1987)

  Bruce Campbell. It doesn’t get any better than him. He simply is awesome. So imagine my delight when the 101 Horror Movies led me to Evil Dead II! I love these movies, and honestly, anything with Bruce is worth the watch, because it’s Bruce, and watching his reactions, his exaggerated expressions, and some of…

The Pact (2012)

Featured as the second film of the double bill at the opening of the Toronto After Dark – Summer Nights program, we saw The Pact last night. It’s going to be hard to talk about a lot of the particulars of the film without some heavy spoilers, so you have been warned! First off, let’s…

Late To The Party – Downton Abbey

  I’ll be the first to admit that I came to this show late. I’ll also admit that currently I am only two episodes into the first series. I do know that I’m going to fly through it pretty quick! As we know, or maybe we don’t, I love my British television. I had heard…