V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part Two

Part two of the iconic science fiction mini-series V, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, aired on 2 May, 1983.¬† It aired the following night after part one, no week’s wait, not even a couple of days. This was an event, and for two nights it ruled television. Continuing it’s sci-fi retelling of Nazi Germany…

Incredibles 2 (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Pixar films are a constant delight for me, and I look forward to each theatrical release, as well as their blu-ray releases each year, and today is the day for that home release… Incredibles 2 joins the Pixar collection on my blu-ray shelf today, and continues to set the gold standard of Disney/Pixar home releases…

Toronto After Dark 2018

It’s that time of year again, and it seems Toronto always knows what to get me for my birthday – a film festival. Specifically the Toronto After Dark film festival. Running October 11th through to the 19th the genre festival features films from around the globe that highlight horror, action and science fiction films that…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Paradise, and Shadowplay

Station log: stardate 47573.1 Jeff King, Richard Manning and Hans Beimler penned this episode from a story by Jim Trombetta and James Crocker. It first aired on 13 February, 1994. Commander Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Chief O’Brien (Colm Meaney) are on an exploratory mission on the farside of the wormhole on the runabout Rio Grande,…

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) – Peyton Reed

Opening this Friday is the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and The Wasp. While lacking the originality of the first film (and its desire to repeat the beats and moments that made the first one such a unique success), this one still succeeds and does so best when it focuses on the…

Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Steven Spielberg

I was stunned when I first saw Saving Private Ryan on opening day, 24 July, 1998. I had never seen war depicted so realistically, so heart-breaking, graphic, and impactful. I held onto the names of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks like a mantra through the film, to guide me through it, to make everything be…

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – Ernst Lubitsch

Remade in 1998 as You’ve Got Mail, the original classic, The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan is the next title on the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation from The Movie Book, available now from DK Canada, for the screening of To Be or Not To Be. Stewart…

Annabelle: Creation (2017) – David F. Sandberg

Over the course of four films, Warner Brothers has created a cinematic universe that imbued studio horror movies with a sense of fun. And now, the fourth film in the Conjuring Cinematic Universe comes home with the release of Annabelle: Creation to blu-ray and DVD. Serving as a prequel to the previous film, the first…

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – Sergio Leone

The Great Movies – The 100 Years of Film book returns me to the western genre with this Sergio Leone epic that stars Jason Robards, Chalres Bronson, Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale. Playing against type, Fonda is the villain, Frank, who is working for the railroad, and trying to drive a woman, Jill McBain (Cardinale),…

Village of the Damned (1995) – John Carpenter

  John Carpenter’s take on the Midwich Cuckoo’s tale is next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and boasts a pretty fine cast in the form of Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Marlk Hamill, Linda Kozlowski and Michael Pare. The location has been changed to small town America, but the basis of the story remains the…

Fringe Toronto: Meet Cute

Taking up residence at the fantastic space of the Annex Theatre, Erin Norah Thompson, wrote and stars, alongside Jesse Bond, in this wonderful, funny, and romantic look at one moment, two lives, three versions. A meet cute is a plot device most often¬†employed in rom-come to introduce the romantic leads in a cute (why doesn’t…