Project Nim (2011) – James Marsh

The What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is proving fruitful with some fantastic documentaries, as they recommend a number of titles following my screening of Man On Wire. In the 70s, a newborn chimpanzee, named Nim, is recruited for a scientific experiment to explore nature versus nurture, to see if…

War of the Worlds (1990) – Time to Reap, and The Pied Piper

There’s some cool stuff going on in Season 2 of War of the Worlds, and this episode may in fact be one of the best. Written by Jim Trombetta, this story, featuring some time travel, a science fiction standby, first debuted on 29 January, 1990. Nowadays, and even just a little after this episode aired,…

Wake in Fright (1971) – Ted Kotcheff

The next film, based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, is from the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its suggested viewing of Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s a dark, violent tale that strips the civility and education of man away from him as he is plunged into darker…

Sabrina (1954) – Billy Wilder

The next, oh-so-enjoyable classic from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following the recommendation of Some Like It Hot as I delve deeper into the What Else to Watch list. Audrey Hepburn plays the titular Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams) who works for the wealthy Larabie family.  All of her life,…

Seven Fallen Feathers (2017) – Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers is a defining book. It is a haunting, distressing and angering discourse on racism and loss in Northern Ontario, and across Canada. Talaga, a dedicated and insightful journalist turns her investigative eye, shining it like a spotlight onto a piece of Canadian life that many of us are loathe to discuss, accept,…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Miss Deep South and Black on White on Fire

Sam (Scott Bakula) leaps into Darlene Monte on 7 June, 1958 in the first episode up this week. Miss Deep South was written by Tommy Thompson and originally aired on 2 November, 1990. Sam finds himself in a beauty contest, and has to save a fellow contestant, Connie (Heather McAdam) from making a terrible mistake…

TIFF Bell Lightbox – Trek Talks Go Boldly!

TIFF Bell Lightbox continues to pull out all the stops in their celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. In support of the iconic show, the Lightbox will continue to screen episodes and all 13 films of the series, as well as a fundraiser party, and the absolutely engaging, thought-provoking and stunning lecture series called Trek…

Hot Docs 2016: Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

  If there is a more honest, emotional and human film at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, I can’t imagine what it could be. Owen Suskind, the young autistic man who is the focus of William’s objective eye, is a brilliant soul, and we learn through the film, his story, his life, and his…

Toronto Fringe: All Our Yesterdays

Bold, beautiful, and packing a powerful emotional punch, All Our Yesterdays from writer/director Chloe Hung features masterful performances from Amanda Weise and Chiamaka Umeh. In April of 2014, 276 girls in Chibook, Nigeria were abducted by the Boko Haram (western education is forbidden), simply because they were seeking an education. Stolen as they sat down…

Padre Padrone (1977) – The Taviani Brothers 

  The next film from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book’s recommendation for my screening of Last Tango in Paris, is this rather somber film, that is based on the true story of its author, Gavino Ledda. Often dark, the film follows Gavino (Saverio Marconi), a young Sardinian, trying to be his…

Parents Night and The Bigger Issue

  We came to this stage production late in its run, as life just seems to keep happening, but we were lucky enough to get into the Theatre Passe Muraille last night to have a look at this dynamic, fun, and driven production of two of playwright George F. Walker’s pieces, Parents Night and The…

White Lions And Spring At The Toronto Zoo

  It would seem that a fluffy and mostly-white army has descend on the Metro Toronto Zoo as of late!  First, we met our most a-dork-able polar bear cub, Hudson.  The little guy is growing in leaps and bounds, and never fails to entertain with his adolescent antics.  Hudson had my heart from the word…