The Fate of the Furious (2017) – F. Gary Gray

The first Fast and the Furious film after the death of Paul Walker changes speed, and I’m not saying the series jumped the shark, but the speed has changed from fast to ludicrous. The cast is huge, with some big hitters in supporting roles, including a wonderful cameo appearance by Helen Mirren. We learn that…

Topaz (1969) – Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock takes on Leon Uris’ novel Topaz in this film adaptation of the same name. It’s not quite on the level of a Tom Clancy techno-thriller, but the subject material, centring around the Cuban Missile Crisis and a Russian spy ring within the French intelligence community is pretty engaging stuff. Unfortunately, for me, it ended…

Miami Vice (1987) -Heroes of the Revolution, and Contempt of Court

John Schulian pens the final episode of the season from a story by Dick Wolf, and the third season closed out on 8 May, 1987. Gina (Saundra Santiago) started the season with Irish Eyes are Crying, and she ends the season with Heroes of the Revolution when she is used by a Eastern European spy,…

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

  HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe winning period series comes to a close this week, with its final season being released to Blu-Ray and DVD today. A truncated eight episode season wraps up storylines for the show’s characters as Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) career seems to be coming to an end. Set six years after…

Airwolf (1984) – Mad Over Miami & And They Are Us

  Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) get into trouble this week as Airwolf takes to the skies! Mad Over Miami was written by Joseph Gunn and aired 24 March, 1984. Dom is out on his own, flying a ransom to recover a couple of political prisoners in Cuba. Things go wrong…

Juan Of The Dead – Alejandro Brugues

  I was fortunate enough to catch a screening of Cuba’s first zombie film when it premiered last fall at TIFF, and it easily became an instant favourite.  Tonight, Juan of the Dead is screening again in Toronto, this time as part of Toronto After Dark’s Summer Screening Series at the Bloor Cinema.  Tim and…