Black Narcissus (1947) – Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

The next recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following Pandora’s Box, is this 1947 classic starring Deborah Kerr, based on Rumer Godden’s novel. A rundown palace, remotely positioned in the Himalayan mountains is the new location for a hospital and school to be run by a small group of nuns, led by newly commissioned Mother Superior,…

Hot Docs 2014: Before the Last Curtain Falls (Thomas Wallner)

Having its World Premiere this evening at 8:30, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, this gorgeously shot film is a stirring documentary about performance, love and sexuality. The center of the film’s focus is a group of aging gay and trans cabaret performers who have gone on tour with their beautifully choreographed stage show, Gardenia. Now, the tour…

Sunrise – A Tale of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau

  Following on the tail of Pandora’s Box, this recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film,a splendidly filmed silent movie, is a moving and involving drama, that follows two characters on their rediscovery of their love for one another, and the threat of its loss. Set in a small village, frequented by city dwellers,…

In Fear (2013) – Jeremy Lovering

  Anchor Bay got the distribution rights to one of the few films I missed at Toronto After Dark last year, so I was very glad they were willing to send me a copy to have a look at. I enjoyed the experience, but can only imagine that it played very well at TAD and…

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) – Ang Lee

  The 101 Action Movies brings me a chance to revisit the beautiful and action-filled epic from Ang Lee, which one the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars that year, as well as Art Direction, Cinematography and Score. This is a gorgeous film, with fantastic martial arts, sword and wire work all overseen by…