Origin (2017) – Dan Brown

It’s been a while since I dove into a Dan Brown book. I do enjoy his Robert Langdon adventures, and I love how he takes elements from the real world, be it organizations, technology, art, architecture, religion, science and marry them into engaging popcorn thrill ride narratives. Origin is no different, but also includes a…

The Marvel Book (2019) – Stephen Wiacek

The DK Big Idea series from DK Canada are constantly fascinating, jam-packed with information, pictures, and a well thought out structure to guide one through the subject’s history, I have raved about The Star Trek Book, as well as The Movie Book, and now, I’m about to do the same for The Marvel Book. To…

Toronto After Dark 2019: The Assent (2019) – Pearry Teo

There’s a Barker/Lovecraftian feel to the gritty dirtiness of this entry in the Toronto After Dark film festival. Couched in a house covered in unnerving art, and filled with troubling apparitions and visions there is an aggressive edge to The Assent in the way it is shot, and the way the story unfolds. Mostly. Halfway…

Miami Vice (1989) – The Lost Madonna, and Over the Line

Robert Goethals pens this episode that first aired on 17 March, 1989. It sees vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) assisting a New York Cop, Jeffrey Whitehead (Micheal Chiklis) in helping recover stolen artwork that a drug dealer has grabbed, They find themselves in the art world, and find…

Disney’s Cinderella: The Signature Collection

Walt Disney’s 1950’s animated classic (can you believe this film is seventy years old?) Cinderella is joining the Signature Collection with this edition of the film. The enduring tale makes a dazzling digital jump to blu-ray, and looks simply stunning. I’ve never seen the animation look so sharp, and crisp, the colors practically pop off…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Frank Darabont

If there is a near perfect drama film for me, it is the next recommendation in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, who wrote the screenplay as well, basing it on the short story by Stephen King. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman headline at the iconic King-universe prison, Shawshank,…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Worst Case Scenario, and Scorpion

Captain’s log: stardate 50953.4 Kenneth Biller pens this episode that first debuted on 14 May, 1997, and gives the Voyager crew and the audience a “what if” scenario. A holo-program depicting a Maquis mutiny aboard the Voyager is discovered, and it seems everyone is playing it. It also leads to a really nice teaser when…

Toronto Comic Con 2019

There’s always that moment when I find the soul of a specific convention, we look into one another’s eyes, recognize one another, and embrace. This year, it was slipping into the comfortable shoes of beloved fandoms, and seeing shared passions bringing people together. Set against the backdrop of the Metro Toronto Convention Center’s South Building,…

DC Ultimate Character Guide: New Edition (2019) – Melanie Scott

As I worked my way through DK Canada’s latest release, the DC Ultimate Character Guide: New Edition, i was put in mind of something from my childhood, something dear, and something I miss terribly (though once revealed you can make the argument that they are still available. My response will be it’s not the same,…

Miami Vice (1986) – Shadow in the Dark, and El Viejo

Chuck Adamson pens the script for the first episode up this week, Shadow in the Dark, which plunges Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) into an unusual burglary case that puts Sonny into the mind of a cat burglar, known as The Shadow (Vincent Caristi), a trip that may cost him…