1408 (2007) – Mikael Hafstrom

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in this big screen adaptation of the Stephen King short story. Cusack, who has always been a favourite of mine, is Mike Enslin, a writer who cranked out one good (and seemingly forgotten novel) and after a personal tragedy, which had him walking out on his grief-stricken wife…

Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Fighter, and Speed

It’s my penultimate instalment of Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series. Five episodes to go. First up this week is The Fighter. Written by Stephen Kandel and Nicholas E. Baehr from a story by Orville H. Hapmton, this episode first debuted on 9 February, 1973. It starts out with a fun guest star, Herbert Jefferson…

TIFF ’22: A Man of Reason

Korean film star Jung Woo-sung makes his directorial debut with the crime thriller, A Man of Reason. The story is a familiar one, but Jung’s style and performance make this entry exceptional, if a little off. Su-hyuk (Jung) has spent the past decade in jail for his boss, he kept his head down, kept quiet,…

The Nice Guys (2016) – Shane Black

With the exception of The Predator, I love me some Shane Black. From the moment I first saw Lethal Weapon, I knew I had found a writer (and later a director) that I would enjoy following. Keeping in the vein of his other film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys plays with the detective…

The Last House on Needless Street (2021) – Catriona Ward

Catriona Ward delivers a fantastic, engaging tale that is horrific, heartbreaking, and revelatory. I discovered this title when I went searching for something scary to read, something to freak me out, and mess with my brain a bit. The Last House on Needless Street does exactly that. The book is broken up into three narratives,…

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) – Ishiro Honda

Director Ishiro Honda returns for the last Godzilla film of the Showa era, and while it still features space aliens intent on taking over the planet, this one feels a little deeper than some of the previous entries, by introducing some interesting characters who seem to really struggle with their natures. I’m talking, specifically about…

Beneath Her Skin (2021) – C.S. Porter

Nimbus Publishing, under its Vagrant Press, brings a new voice, C.S. Porter to the mystery genre, with their first novel, Beneath Her Skin, a lean, brisk, thriller. With the sub-title A Kes Morris File, one can assume that this will be Porter’s first foray into a series around their creation of Kes Morris, a female…

Millennium (1999) – Antipas, and Matryoshka

This week, Millennium delivers what is probably one of my favourite episodes of the third season, Antipas, written by series creator, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, it first aired on 12 February, 1999, and boasts some familiar Canadian faces like Art Hindle and Jay Brazeau. It also sees the return of Frank’s (Lance Henriksen) nemesis,…

Millennium (1999) – Collateral Damage, and The Sound of Snow

MIchael R.Perry pens the first episode up this week, Collateral Damage, which first aired on 22 January, 1999. It features two familiar looking guest stars James Marsters, and Brendan Fehr. The story works to tie in the mythology of the Millennium Group by having the FBI called in to investigate the disappearance of a young…