Inglorious Basterds (2009) – Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s revisionist WWII film, Inglorious Basterds is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Dam Busters. As always, his scripts and films attract some great talent, and this time around we have Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Til Schweiger , Diane Kruger, Eli Roth…

Uncovered – Queen & Bowie

Last night I had the good fortune of attending the closing night performance of Acting Up Stage’s annual Uncovered show. This year, an impressive assembly of Canadian talent performed selections from the musical libraries of David Bowie and Queen, and included a pair of actors who basically channelled the ghosts of Bowie and Freddie Mercury…

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese

  Paul Schrader adapts Nikos Kazantakis’ powerful novel about the life of Christ (portrayed powerfully by Willem Dafoe) comes to life under the sure hand of Martin Scorsese, bringing the Christian character to life in a way unseen on the screen before this. Raising questions not only about the concept of Christ, as well as…

The Great Digital Film Festival 2016

  I love when this time of year rolls around, because every February, Cineplex puts on their Great Digital Film Festival which tends to showcase some wonderful films from my childhood projected on the big screen in wonderful digital clarity, often mixed with some newer popular titles. This year is no different, running from February…

Labyrinth (1986) – Jim Henson 

  Executive produced by George Lucas, directed by Jim Henson, designs by Brian Froud, songs by David Bowie, and a screenplay by Terry Jones… what’s not to like about Labyrinth, first recommendation following my screening of The Wizard of Oz for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book? I loved digging into this one again, this…

The Prestige (2006) – Chrisopher Nolan

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been a welcome addition to my library, and I was delighted to see that the next subject for me to cover is director Christopher Nolan. I’ve written about most of his other films, and all the ones the book recommends previously, but for The Prestige, and one other film….

Trailer Tracks: Labyrinth (1986) – Jim Henson

Jim Henson, working with producer George Lucas, created a beautiful fantasy world filled with amazing characters both live action (David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly (I developed such a crush on her) and puppet, great music (David Bowie and Trevor Jones) that opened my eyes, in much the way Muppets, The Dark Crystal did, and that Farscape would…

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth – Chris Hadfield

  Usually when I read a book, I am transported to some faraway land and introduced to characters and situations which ignite my imagination and leave me breathless in anticipation of what might come next.  The really good ones have had me scrambling for more from the moment I read the final few lines.  I…

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) – Nicholas Roeg

This entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is a surreal, dream-like film based on the novel by Walter Tevis, that was interesting, and may require a re-watch at some point in the future, but for now, I’m just going to sit back and just try to soak in what I’ve seen. I didn’t hate…

The Hunger (1983)

Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley, makes the 101 Horror Movies list with his very first film, The Hunger. This is a movie that is sexy and sensual, but also introduces the lonely, sympathetic version of the vampire to the big screen. I’m sure this creature had lurked around awhile before finding its way to…

Natasha Eloi (Part 1)

Natasha Eloi is about as amazing as people come, she’s a self-taught videographer, a journalist, a sci-fi and movie geek, and just a delightfully fun soul whom Sue and I simply clicked with. We met for an evening of chattage at the Duke of Kent, and we sat there for almost three hours, and recorded for almost…