The Demonologist (2013) – Andrew Pyper

  I was recommended recently to pick up this book, and I was happy to learn he’s yet another Canadian author I had not heard of, but can now add to the list of writers I enjoy. This Demonologist follows Canadian professor David Ullman, who teaches at New York’s Columbia, and is one of the foremost…

The Grand Hotel (1932) – Edmund Goulding

  It’s time to check in on Greta Garbo again, as we take on another recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Anna Karenina. This one is based on the novel by Vicki Baum, and is filled with melodrama, one for almost every room in the hotel….

Hot Docs 2015: Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi – Neal Broffman

Screening today at the ROM theatre at 7:00pm is this amazing, important, and emotionally involving film that introduces us to the Tripathi family. In the early months of 2013, their youngest son, Sunil, a Brown University student left his home in Providence one night, and disappeared. The family was distraught, but organized, and welcoming the help of friends and volunteers…

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…

Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (1997) – Alejandro Amenabar

  Reimagined as Vanilla Sky in North America, the original film is a wonderfully crafted imagining and a welcome addition to the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) is rich, handsome, and a bit of a womanizer. When he has problems ditching his latest fling Nuria (Najwa Nimri), he chats up Sofia (Penelope Cruz) the potential…

Hot Docs: Here One Day – Kathy Leichter

  When her mother, Nina, committed suicide by jumping from her apartment window, Kathy Leicher made the decision to move into that same apartment as a way of keeping her mother close.  Amongst all of Nina’s belongings was a box of audio tapes which Nina had recorded over the years – a form of journal…