The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Henry Selick

  The final recommendation from The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of It’s A Wonderful Life is this modern day cult classic, that has found its way into the mainstream consciousness and has been stuck there since the film’s initial release, celebrating Christmas and Halloween in that macabre and…

Planet of the Apes (2001) – Tim Burton

  It’s time for a different vision of Planet of the Apes, as I continue my exploration of the series as I delve into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around, Tim Burton directs an all-star cast including Tim Roth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Wahlberg, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, David Warner and Estella…

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – Tim Burton

  Tim Burton’s suburban fairy tale is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Wizard of Oz. Perennial Burton favorite Johnny Depp is the titular character, a gentle young man, created by an elderly inventor (Vincent Price) who dies before he can give his creation…

Beetlejuice (1988) – Tim Burton

  The next family recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Wizard of Oz is this classic Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder. Baldwin and Davis are a loving married couple, Adam and Barbara. They…

Batman Begins (2005) – Christopher Nolan

  Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale take over the reigns of one of DC’s greatest characters, Batman, in the next film to be watched for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and the last one to review, as I’ve reviewed Nolan’s latter entries into the trilogy before. On reflection this morning, as much as I like this…

Batman Returns (1992) – Tim Burton 

  It’s time to check in on the Caped Crusader again as I continue enjoying the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having previously reviewed Tim Burton’s 1989 interpretation of Batman, it’s time to leap forward to the early 90s to his the eccentric director’s first ever sequel. Michael Keaton returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this tale that…

Fringe Toronto: Swordplay – A Play of Swords

This festival has seen one night constantly topping the next, as I juggle job, studio, blogging and shows… Last night’s performance at the Al Green Theatre by the Sex T-Rex company was ingenious, filled with belly-busting, slow-motion, high-flying physical comedy in all the things we hold true in terms of sword stories, be it fantasy…

Mission: Impossible (1996) – Brian De Palma

  “You’re mission Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it, is to continue working your way through the 101 Action Movies list, by watching Brian De Palma’s big screen remake of the Bruce Geller created, beloved, television series…. this message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.” Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, he and his team, under…

Men In Black (1997) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  The cult favorite comic book, created by Lowell Cunningham, hits the mainstream as a popcorn delight in this entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Using the conspiracy of the MiB as a launching point, and incorporating all manner of UFO stories, rumors and possible sightings, Barry Sonnenfeld as director guides Will Smith and…