Ashgrove (2022) – Jeremy LaLonde

Haunting and elegant. There’s a heartrending beauty in the character of Jennifer who is brought to life by Amanda Brugel in Jeremy LaLonde’s latest film, Ashgrove. Set against a backdrop of a global pandemic that threatens extinction, an intimate character drama plays out that could change everything. There is a thread running through LaLonde’s films,…

M*A*S*H (1979) – Mr. and Mrs. Who?, The Yalu Brick Road, and Life Time

While the 4077th tries to deal with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever, Charles (David Ogden Stiers) arrives back in camp completely pickled, and a complete amnesiac when it comes to discussing his time in Tokyo. Happily, he took pictures, and Klinger (Jamie Farr) gets them developed in Mr. and Mrs. Who. Written by Ronny Graham,…

1984 (1956) – Michael Anderson

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies provides a glimpse into a dystopian future that may not be so different from a time we live in now, with the 1956 adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel, 1984. The screenwriters say they ‘freely’ adapted the original story so there are differences from book to screen, but thematically, it…

Heavenly Creatures (1994) – Peter Jackson

I’m closing in on the end of DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I explore its last section, The Director. And it brings me a Peter Jackson film that isn’t set in Middle Earth (it is in New Zealand, however, and I recognise a lot of the names in the credits as those he has…

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One (2018) Blu-Ray Review

Paramount Canada has brought home the first season of Amazon Prime’s new Jack Ryan series on DVD and blu-ray and John Krasinski, who also serves as one of the producers of the series assumes the mantle of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst, who first appeared on the big screen in The Hunt For Red October. Krasinski…

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

***SPOILER FREE ZONE*** The super-sized issue twenty-two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters Thursday, and superhero fans around the planet have no idea what to expect. So take a breath and enjoy that moment. No doubt by the end of opening weekend, tons of people will be spoiling the film for others (intentionally or…

Bumblebee (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

This may be the first live action Transformers I have enjoyed since the original animated movie back in the day (and there’s a nice musical nod to it). And without Micheal Bay directing, Travis Knight is in the chair here, you can actually see what is happening the action sequences. So it is with great…

The Last Metro (1980) – Francois Truffaut

The next film on the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s very enjoyable The Movie Book is this classic Truffaut film from 1980 featuring performances from Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. It’s the early 1940s in occupied France, and theatres are doing a booming business chasing away the spectre of war. But the…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Dark Water and, Death in Heaven

Series Eight of the Time Lord’s travels comes to a dramatic conclusion in this two part finale, in which we see the return of the Cybermen, and the reveal of who Missy (Michelle Gomez) is. Dark Water written by Steven Moffat, first aired on 1 November, 2014. Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Danny (Samuel Anderson) open…

West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins direct the film that brings me back to the musical genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Stephen Sondheim pens the lyrics for this Academy Award winning musical (including Best Picture) that is an updated retelling of Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy Romeo & Juliet with Richard Beymer…