2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Wow. Sue and I were fortunate enough to be able to cover the Toronto Screenwriting Conference last year (and learned tons to apply to our own creative writing) and were delighted to be invited back again this year to sit in on it again. With the amazing guest line-up and the fact that everything we…

2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

The annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference is coming up next weekend (April 5 & 6), and I have to tell you, I am getting very excited for it. Last year was the first time Sue Maynard and I had been to the event, and were intent on covering as much of it as we could, and…

Almost Human S01E05 – Blood Brothers

  This week we take on the ideas of murder, cloning and a medium psychic (though on a good day, she’s a petite psychic)… Captain Maldonado (Lili Taylor) is in court monitoring the trial of a murderer named Avery (Graham Miller), and awaiting the testimony of two sequestered and protected witnesses. When one of the…

Almost Human S01E04 – The Bends

  This week’s ep of Almost Human sees Rudy (Mackenzie Crook) posing as a cook for a new and dangerous drug known as the bends, as it is crafted from a deep ocean algae. Kennex (Karl Urban) first notices the case, when he is informed that a fellow cop that he came up with has…

Almost Human – Tim Plays Catch-Up

  I remember being very excited that Karl Urban was going to be starring in a new sci-fi show, and I was rather happy that J.J. Abrams (I tend to like Abrams work. I know its not for everyone, but I enjoy it for what it is, entertaining) was serving as executive producer alongside J.H. Wyman, the…

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

  The 101 Action Movies brings me Ridley Scott’s Best Picture winner Gladiator for me to re-watch and enjoy. Starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, a Roman general in service to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). When the emperor is murdered by his devious and power-hungry son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Maximus is ordered to be…

Code 46 (2003) – Michael Winterbottom

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brought me this little film that is set in the not too distant future, where DNA is monitored, travel is tightly controlled, and those without cover are forced to live outside cities as non-citizens. Tim Robbins plays an investigator, William Geld, who is on the trail of a forger of…

Toronto After Dark: The Machine (2013) – Caradog W. James

  Sci-Fi night at Toronto After Dark, graciously hosted at Scotiabank Theatre this year, continued with a late night screening of the UK science fiction flick, The Machine, starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, and Denis Lawson. Using Blade Runner, Terminator and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica as its launching point, a number of the festival organizers were chatting…

48 Hrs. (1982) – Walter Hill

The 101 Action Movies brings me one of the classic buddy action movies, and despite the fact that it’s really good, it’s really tough to like any of the characters in it. Almost all of them come across as coarse, racist, and unlikable. Nick Nolte plays Jack Cates, a bit of a loose cannon of…

Blade Runner (1982) – Ridley Scott

Between Alien and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott has created to genre defining classics, both of which close in on the holy grail of cinematic perfection for me. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me a chance to revisit this wonderfully dark sci-fi thriller. I read the book by Philip K. Dick, I bought the Marvel comics…

Red Planet Blues (2013) by Robert J. Sawyer

The theater of the mind. I read a lot, there’s always a least one book on the go in my life. But for all of that reading, not every book can spring to life within my imagination. I can’t always see everything it tells me about, it doesn’t always give me the sense-surround 3D IMAX experience, very…