Soul of the Border (2019) – Matteo Righetto

Releasing this week from House of Anansi Press is the English translation of Matteo Righetto’s Soul of the Border. Released in Italy in 2017, the novel became a bestseller and is now getting it’s English release. A brisk, cinematic tale; it’s short chapters deliver a story that sees a young woman in search of her…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Jim Sharman

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me the always enjoyable, and sing a long to every song, film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. It’s a musical send-up of science fiction and horror films of the 50s and 60s, that also reveled…

Miami Vice (1988) -The Cows of October, and Vote of Confidence

If there was any doubt that season four of Miami Vice showed that the series had lost its edge, The Big Thaw, Missing Hours, and this episode, The Cows of October definitely cemented that into fact. Written by Ed Zuckerman, the episode first debuted on 5 February, 1988, the story follows a canister of bull…

The Goddess of Yantai (2018) – Ian Hamilton

Ava Lee returns in a book that allows for the forensic accountant’s take on the film world and the darkness it hides, as she and her girlfriend, Pang Fai, a Chinese film star are caught up in the corruption and actions of the Chinese Movie Syndicate. Hitting bookshelves in the next week, Anansi Press lets…

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – Frank Capra

DK Canada brings me this Frank Capra classic from its What Else to Watch list following its recommendation of It’s A Wonderful Life. THIS movie makes me regret the fact that schools, as a rule, no longer have civics classes. It needs to be seen, as it shows the good and the bad of democracy,…

Out of the Past (1947) – Jacques Tourneur

Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas bring the noir genre to roaring life on the big screen with this 1947 adaptation of the novel by Geoffrey Holmes. It’s also the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Point Blank. Mitchum is Jeff Bailey. He lives…

The Princeling of Nanjing (2016) – Ian Hamilton

  Ian Hamilton. You sir, know how to write a story. I remember last summer when I binge read the entire Ava Lee series as it existed at that point, and loved every minute of them. Whip-smart, frenetically paced and completely addictive, I had no idea how I was going to survive until January before…

Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski

The final recommendation following my screening of The Big Sleep from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is one of my favorite Jack Nicholson films, and undeniably one of the best noir films ever made. Jack plays detective J.J. Gittes, and it’s the 40s in the city of Angels. Hired on a…

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Danny Boyle

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On The Waterfront is this immensely enjoyable tale. Boyle’s kinetic, energetic film style is well-served in this film, that is a dramatic, heart-on-its-sleeve film that one 8 academy awards and that year’s ceremonies, including Best Picture, Best Director,…

Touch of Evil (1958) – Orson Welles

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Citizen Kane, is this noir film starring Welles, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh. This film was stunning for the beautiful camera work alone. Everyone talks about the opening shot, but it’s always amazing to see it. And with…