TIFF 2021: Dune dir. Denis Villeneuve

Magnificent. Triumphant. THIS is the movie I saw in my mind’s eye when I first read Dune in 1984 when I was anticipating the Lynch film (which I love for its own reasons). The visual aesthetic, the sound and production design, the score (I swear Hans Zimmer isn’t the only one throwing a few nods…

The Day She Died (2021)- S.M. Freedman

Dundurn Press delivers S.M. Freedman’s thriller, The Day She Died, to my summer reading pile, and it is a gut punch of a book, exploring dark secrets, while exploring the concept of forgiveness of oneself. It’s a captivating read that pulls you in, and drags you along at full-throttle on a white knuckle ride that…

Dreamscape (1984) – Joseph Ruben

Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, Eddie Albert, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, George Wendt and David Patrick Kelly (has this guy ever played a good guy?!) star in Ruben’s 1984 psychic thriller, Dreamscape. Quaid is Alex Gardner, a psychic who has been using his gifts for his own benefit, but gets recruited by Paul Novotny (von…

Prince of Darkness (1987) – John Carpenter

Prince of Darkness was the third John Carpenter movie I saw ever, before that I was delighted with Big Trouble in Little China, and had found my favourite horror movie with The Things (Jaws is not a horror film, it’s an adventure movie).I remember seeing print ads for it on the back of the comic…

The X-Files (1997) – Christmas Carol, and Emily

Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) gets some solo time in this episode written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz. Mulder (David Duchovny) makes a small appearance (he was promoting Playing God at the time, and needed some time off)in this episode that first aired on 7 December, 1997. Dana and her mother, Margaret (Sheila…

The X-Files (1996/1997) – Paper Hearts, and El Mundo Gira

Vince Gilligan pens Paper Hearts, one of the best episodes of season four according to stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. It first aired on 15 December, 1996, and earned composer Mark Snow an Emmy nomination. Mulder (Duchovny) has been having very vivid dreams, dreams that lead him to the unmarked grave of a little…

The Legacy (1978) – Richard Marquand

The Devil’s Work continues as I plunge into another film from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. I remember seeing this poser as a kid, and it freaked me out. Honestly, even now, I find the poster a little creepy, much more so than the film itself. The movie stars the wonderful Sam Elliott and…

Moonlighting (1988) – Fetal Attraction, and Tracks of My Tears

Hey look, we’re on episode nine of season four of Moonlighting, and our leads Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis) still aren’t sharing a scene together. Fetal Attraction was written by Charles H. Eglee and Roger Director from a story by Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno and Kerry Ehrin. It first debuted on 19 January,…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Virtuoso, and Memorial

Captain’s log: stardate 53556.4 Raf Green and Kenneth Biller pen this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode that debuted on 26 January, 2000. The holographic Doctor begins to contemplate leaving the Voyager when they arrive at a planet where the diminutive aliens (including guest star Paul Williams) have never developed music, and he becomes a bit of…

Man On Wire (2008) – James Marsh

In 1974, Phillipe Petit walked on a highwire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. His story, which walked away with the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009, is the next big film in DK Canada’s entertaining tome, The Movie Book. Filled with interviews of all the people involved, archival footage…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Waking Moments, and Message in a Bottle

Captain’s log: stardate 51471.3 Andre Bormanis (who serves as the science consultant for both Voyager and Deep Space Nine) pens this episode that first aired on 14 January, 1998. The crew of the Voyager all seem to be suffering from night terrors, and all of them feature the exact same alien (Mark Colson) . Of…