Fan Expo 2016 – The Mind Reels Return

  This time next week, Sue and I will be enjoying all that is Fan Expo, Toronto’s biggest, celebrity filled geek-fest! I love going to Expo, and for the past few years, we’ve been fortunate enough the be able to cover this celebration of all the things we love as press, thank you to all…

Fan Expo Canada 2016 Preview

  Thanks once again to Touchwood PR, The Mind Reels will be covering Fan Expo Canada as press! I am particularly grateful this year, as it’s the first time since 2005 that I haven’t been able to purchase a pass for the weekend, and was not sure if I would be able to attend at…

Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) – Don Taylor

  Where do you go after the literally explosive ending of the last film? Why back in time of course! My exploration of the Planet of the Apes series continues with the massive Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Using the spacecraft from the first film, somehow recovered and repaired before the climax of Beneath the Planet of…

2061: Odyssey Three (1987) – Arthur C. Clarke

  The third novel in the Odyssey series sees mankind continuing exploration of the solar system, with the return of Halley’s comet, and a scientific expedition/cruise ship heading to the infrequent solar visitor to attempt an historic landing. There are other parties at work though, eager eyes are turning to the clouded atmosphere of Europa,…

The Rules of the Game (1939) – Jean Renoir

  The next drama title to be highlighted in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Movies book is the French film Rules of the Game, an examination of passion, etiquette and class. Andre Jurieux (Roland Toutain) has just flown across the Atlantic solo, allowing him to claim a level of celebrity, but all for…

Bonnie & Clyde (2013) – Mini-series

  Starting this evening, and being simulcast on Lifetime and The History Channel, running for 2 evenings is a retelling of the infamous story of Bonnie & Clyde. Most film buffs know the 1967 version with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the titular roles under Arthur Penn’s direction. This time out, we get a…

Show People (1928) – King Vidor

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me the last tie in recommendation for The General with this fun and joyous, a occasionally satirical look at Hollywood silent film. Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) has arrived in Hollywood from Georgia, escorted by her father Colonel Pepper (Dell Henderson) with dreams of being…

The Tenth Victim (1965) – Elio Petri

The 101 Sci-Fi movies brought me yet another film I had never heard of, which as we get closer to the 70s and 80s will happen less and less, and it was an interesting little film, that starts out as kind of a sci-fi action thriller, and then almost ends up being an absurdist comedy….

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con – Sue’s Thoughts

I’m just gonna put this out there right off the bat: I go to cons a lot. As often as financially possible, really. For the past several years, conventions and film festivals have kind of been my thing. And collecting things – prop replicas, toys and the like. Yep…I am a big nerd. More or…