Shivers (1975) – David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s first feature film is the next entry in the Mad Scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. That being said the mad scientist in this film doesn’t survive the opening credits, though his foul plan does. Set in a lone apartment building, the Starliner, which owns the island it is…

Dumbo (2019) – Tim Burton

I’m not sure how I feel yet about Disney’s apparent need to revisit their classic animated films and turn them into live-action films with computer-generated animation. Are they worried that the relevance of their classic films has reached an end and want to revitalize what they see as diminishing returns on them? I’m not sure….

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Body Parts, and Broken Link

Station log: stardate 49930.3 Avery Brooks directs the penultimate episode of the season, which was written by Hans Beimler from a story by Louis P. DeSantis and Robert J. Boliver. It had its premiere on 10 June, 1996. Quark (Armin Shimerman) learns he is (apparently) going to die soon he and Rom (Max Grodenchik) decide…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Firstborn, and Bloodlines

Captain’s log: stardate 47779.4 Rene Echevarria writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Mark Kalbfeld and it first aired on 25 April, 1994. This is a Worf (Micheal Dorn) and Alexander (Brian Bonsall) story that sees the pair attending a Klingon ceremony where Worf is advised to encourage his son to become…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Matt Reeves

  It’s back to the Apes saga as I dive into the most recent sequel as I continue my way through the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Set a decade or two after the previous film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Caesar (mo-capped by Andy Serkis) is leading a growing nation of evolved apes. But…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Image of the Fendahl

  This week’s travels in the TARDIS brings us back to England in the year 1977. Image of the Fendahl is four-part story written by Chris Boucher, that originally aired from 29 October to 19 November, 1977. The story finds a Professor Fendelman (Denis Lill) working on a fossilized human skull, an artifact that should…

Deliver Us From Evil (2014) – Scott Derrickson

It’s tough to find a good horror movie these days, one that gets under your skin and unnerves you, makes you anxious to look in dark corners, makes you wonder about that strange sound you don’t recognize in your home. And who doesn’t love a good story of the supernatural to share around that communal…

Hot Docs 2014: Harmontown (Neil Berkeley)

Screening in a special presentation this evening at the Burwash Quad, is the final showing of Harmontown. A no-holds barred portrait of Dan Harmon, the comedic genius behind the much beloved television series, Community. He is also notorious for being difficult to work with, which resulted in his ejection from the show at the end…

Hot Docs 2014: Everything Will Be (Julia Kwan)

This evening at 7pm, at the Lightbox, there is the world premiere of Julia Kwan’s gorgeous┬ádocumentary, Everything Will Be. Set in Vancouver’s Chinatown, the film shows both the beauty and the grit of a dying locale, as condos and new businesses begin to take up residence in what was once a thriving and colorful community….

Hot Docs 2014

It’s that time again!! Hot Docs, alongside Toronto After Dark, is one of my favorite film festivals that Toronto hosts yearly, and I am so looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us this year. Yes, there are big titles I’m looking forward to seeing, the documentary about Community creator, Dan Harmon, Harmontown, George…