House II: The Second Story (1987) – Ethan Wiley

While Friday the 13th franchise producer Sean S. Cunningham returns for House II, he and composer Harry Manfredini seem to be the only connective tissue to the first film. And while the first film was able to walk a bit of the cult line of camp, horror, comedy, and flat-out silliness, House II most assuredly…

The Frighteners (1996) – Peter Jackson

Michael J. Fox takes the lead in what was Peter Jackson’s first big studio film, with Bob Zemeckis serving as executive producer. While some of the special effects have not stood the test of time, it remains a fun film, trying to walk that balance between horror and comedy. Frank Bannister (Fox) is a con…

M*A*S*H (1981) – The Life You Save, and That’s Show Biz

Alan Alda directs the final episode of the ninth season, which he co-wrote with John Rappaport and had an original airdate of 4 May, 1981. While all the medical staff are given administrative duties around the camp, which illustrate how inane some Army regulations can be, Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) has a trial of the…

House (1985) – Steven Miner

Directed by Steve Miner, who gave us Friday the 13th Parts 2 and 3, and Sean S. Cunningham who gave us the first film, and was the producer for its sequels, gives us a different kind of horror (tinged with comedy) starring William Katt and George Wendt, and while there’s an interesting concept here, a…

Innerspace (1987) – Joe Dante

Joe Dante gives us a spin on Fantastic Voyage, with an underlying theme of believing in yourself with Innerspace, a sci-fi action comedy starring Martin Short, Dennis Quaid, and Meg Ryan. Featuring a score by Jerry Goldsmith, this film, when I first saw it, and now, remains a fun and entertaining film with its Academy…

The X-Files (2000) – Je Souhaite, and Requiem

Vince Gilligan pens and directs the penultimate episode of season seven. Je Souhaite first aired on 14 May, 2000 and sees Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) encountering what seems to be a Djinn, in the form of Jenn (Paula Sorge). Anson (Kevin Weisman) and his brother, Leslie (Will Sasso) have come into possession…

Hardball (2001) – Blu-Ray Review

Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy something light with actors you love and can rely on, say like Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane. Well Paramount Canada has you covered with the blu-release of the 2001 film, Hardball. Based loosely on a true story (and the book about it by Daniel Coyle) the…

Groundhog Day (1993) – Harold Ramis

Bill Murray headlines in one of my favourite comedies, Groundhog Day, which sees Murray as Phil Connors, a smarmy weatherman who thinks he’s better than his yearly assignment to head to Punxsutawney, for Phil the Groundhog’s yearly prediction on winter. He’s joined by his new producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell), and cameraman, Larry (Chris Elliott). Following…