Toronto After Dark 2016: Antibirth – Danny Perez

I was a little underwhelmed with Toronto After Dark’s screening of Afterbirth this evening at Scotiabank Theatre. I always try and find something I enjoy about all the films that screen there, and this time it was the people involved in the making of the film, both in front of and behind the camera. I…

The Fly II (1989) – Chris Walas

  Having previously reviewed Cronenberg’s classic remake of The Fly, it’s time to move onto, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, the sequel to that classic, that sadly pales in comparison, and ends up being more a popcorn film than a worthy follow-up to the body horror film, that chilled so many. Eric Stoltz is…

The Fly (1958) -Kurt Neumann

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me another classic, one I am actually ashamed to admit I have never seen, but I was such a huge fan of the Cronenberg remake that I didn’t want to sully my love of it. This version, lacking Cronenberg’s body horror, is the original incarnation, has a script by Shogun’s…

Canadian Screen Awards: Round Two

Sue and I had a fantastic time at the Canadian Screen Awards last year, bringing out unique style and enthusiasm with us as we tweeted, posted pics, and just had a wonderful time in general hob-knobbing with a bevy of amazing folks. We were very delighted that when award season rolled around again, we learned…

Toronto After Dark Shorts Program

  On a Saturday afternoon, there’s nothing better than curling up and enjoying some cinematic entertainment, and this afternoon, I let those festival programmers at Toronto After Dark pick my entertainment, with 9 specially selected from over 450 entries and there were some strong choices. The collection started with an odd little two-minute computer generated…

Tetsuo (1989) – Shinya Tsukamoto

I don’t often react with a “What did I just watch?” but this entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list definitely had that effect. This one was bizarre, surreal, with hints of live-action manga, Lycnhian and Cronberg overtones and beyond that, just odd. Running at a sleek 67 minutes all I could do for most…

John Dies At The End (2012) – Don Coscarelli

Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep, yup, even Beastmaster… Don Coscarelli has always been a cult fave director, and he’s had my attention since 1982, when I saw Beastmaster on First Choice (on one of the free weekends).  I remember as a kid sitting in my bedroom in CFB Borden, reading comics on my rug, and seeing an…

Episode 8 with April Mullen & Tim Doiron

Welcome to Episode 8, wherein Sue and I sit down and chat with our dear friends April Mullen and Tim Doiron, Canadian filmmakers who brought us Rock, Paper, Scissors: Way of the Tosser, and Gravy Train. We met up for at Fran’s on Yonge & College for breakfast and chat about favorite films, how they…