Tron: Legacy (2010) -Joseph Kosinski

Tron was a big part of my childhood. I remember seeing it in the theatre, and I remember my father falling asleep next to my sister while I was enraptured by the film. The use of computer technology, and the blossoming game world that seemed to fascinate every 80s kid was up there on the…

Beetlejuice (1988) – Tim Burton

  The next family recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Wizard of Oz is this classic Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder. Baldwin and Davis are a loving married couple, Adam and Barbara. They…

Superman III (1983) – Richard Lester

  My time with Kal-El (Christopher Reeve) continues during my exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and where nostalgia will forgive a lot of the things in Superman II, it can’t even pretend with Superman III; though, admittedly, there are a few sequences and story threads I like. However, if director Richard Lester’s version of…

Trailer Tracks: The Deep (1977) – Peter Yates

  As this is posted, we are boarding a flight to Bermuda for my High School Reunion, so I thought it would be fun to post this trailer. When we moved to Bermuda, and got our first VCR, one of the first movies my parents rented was The Deep, I guess they wanted to see…

Everything Or Nothing (2012) – Stevan Riley

  Bond… James Bond. I’ve been a fan since I saw the trailer for For Your Eyes Only on SuperChannel, and tried to buy a James Bond book for the road trip to New Brunswick, though my father did not approve. Once we relocated to Bermuda and finally had to break and buy a VHS…

The Pink Panther (1963) – Blake Edwards

  The recommendations from Le Vacances de Monsier Hulot in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, allowed me to revisit a fun film I haven’t seen in years. Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner…. this is a pretty good pedigree to start with, throw in the lovely Claudine Cardinale (who sadly had to have her lines…

Batman (1989) – Tim Burton

Batman and the Joker, two sides of the same coin, both created in a moment of violence and both letting it define everything that comes after it… The 101 Action Movies scores again with this fantastic interpretation of the Batman story by Tim Burton. Set in a neo-noir gothic Gotham City which features fashions that…

Top Gun (1986) – Tony Scott

The 101 Action Movies brings this flag-waving American classic back into my life. With Tony Scott’s typical super colour-saturated framing, quick editing, fantastic rocking score, Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise), struggled to prove his the best of the best at the fighter pilot school known popularly as Top Gun. Tons has been said about…

Predator (1987) – John McTiernan

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies currently has me smack-dab in the middle of the 80s and I am loving it, especially when I get to revisit films that send me back down that nostalgia road. Predator does exactly that. I remember watching this John McTiernan film when it came out on the American Naval Base in…

V – 30 Years On

The Visitors arrived 30 years ago this week. Kenneth Johnson’s aliens who came to earth posing as our friends while hiding not only a horrible appearance but an equally terrifying agenda premiered with the original mini-series V. The sad thing is, I wasn’t allowed to stay up and watch all of it, and we certainly…

Hot Docs: Good Ol’ Freda – Ryan White

I became a Beatles fan in 1988, my junior year at Mt. St. Agnes academy, and I voraciously hunted down the albums on vinyl, I read books, and watched Help! and A Hard Day’s Night repeatedly. I had the music books for everything they recorded, but even then I knew I wasn’t the biggest fan,…