The Magnificent Seven (1960) – John Sturges

That music, that cast… It’s no wonder that Sturges’ Americanisation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one of my all time favourite westerns, and the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Wild Bunch. Elmer Bernstein’s rousing and memorable score supports Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1

Releasing today from Anchor Bay is Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, the new show from creator Robert Kirkman. Collecting all 6 episodes of the first season, the series, not so much a spin-off as it is a prequel (for now), promises to explore how the world got to the state it is when…

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) – Chris Columbus

  The final recommendation from my screening of Way Out West in the family genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this wonderful Chris Columbus film starring Robin Williams, who turns in a wonderfully fantastic performance as Daniel Hillard. Daniel is a fun-loving voice actor, who can rarely take anything…

Hot Docs 2015: The Nightmare – Rodney Ascher

Eschewing objectivity, or any real investigation into the phenomena and instead focussing on sharing the experience, The Nightmare is quite possibly the first true horror documentary. Director Rodney Ascher sits down and chats with 8 people, Jeff, Ana, Kate, Korinne, Stephen, Chris, Connie and Forrest, people who suffer from the terrifying phenomena of sleep paralysis. I’ve been…

Hot Docs 2015: Raiders! – Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30 is a documentary that completely encapsulated my youth and filled me with awe, and a fire to create. Back in 1981, a film came along that changed many a young viewer, myself included, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. It affected a number of…

Pumpkinhead (1988) – Stan Winston

The always so cool Lance Henriksen stars in this creature-feature, cabin-in-the-woods horror film that was the directorial debut of the late, and much-missed Stan Winston. In a film packed with people I recognize, two of them from my favorite television show ever, Quantum Leap, the film plays within the typical B-movie tropes, but with a…

Creation Entertainment Salute To Supernatural Toronto 2013

  My first experience with a Creation Entertainment event was back in 2007 for their first ever salute to Firefly and Serenity.  I’d tried to go to a different Firefly con the previous year, and it was cancelled the day it was supposed to start, but Browncoats are the shiniest, and out of the ashes…

Toronto After Dark – Resolution – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Resolution is a twisted updated take on the mysterious, oft-visited genre of the cabin in the woods, and was the second feature tonight at Toronto After Dark’s film festival. Often funny, very creepy, and with enough questions to make you wonder what’s really going on, Resolution is a ride that bounces through a variety of…

Carrie (1976)

Brian DePalma’s classic from 1976 finds its way onto the 101 Horror Movies and I was more than happy to revisit it. I watched it a long time ago when I was a teenager going through my Stephen King phase, which every teen seems to go through (Salem’s Lot is still my favorite King book)….