Miami Vice (1987) – The Big Thaw, and Child’s Play

All series have their handful of weaker episodes, but most Miami Vice has been solid storytelling, but of course they are going to stumble on occasion. And this, The Big Thaw,  is definitely one of those. Written by Joseph DiBlasi (Michael Duggan), it aired on 23 October, 1987. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson), Ricardo Tubbs (Philip…

Magnum, p.i. (1983) – Letter to a Duchess and Squeeze Play

  Higgins (John Hillerman) and Thomas (Tom Selleck) find themselves at odds in the first episode this week, Letter to a Duchess. This episode originally aired 10 November, 1983, and was penned by Robert Hamilton. As Thomas prepares for the annual surfski race, hoping to place better than his position of 62 last year, which…

Fringe Toronto: Sizzle and Spin

Playwright Sandra Cardinal put her cast, the Plan a Theatre Company, through their paces last night with a delightful romantic comedy that toyed with role reversals, second chances, family, and a completely believable love story at its heart. The stage of the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse served as the window into the lives of Charlotte…

Results (2015) – Andrew Buljaski

  Opening today here in Toronto as well as other selected cities is this human-dramedy starring Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan, as a trio of people who get mixed up in one another’s lives as all of them try to find that defining something that makes their lives worth living. Corrigan is Danny, recently moved to…

Crimes of the Heart 

  In the tiny, intimate space of The Theatre Machine, Toronto’s Sterling Theatre Company is presenting a production of Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Under the able direction of Miriam Laurence, the audience is transported back to the 1970s, and the lives of the Mississippi born and raised MacGrath sisters. We were interested in…

Airwolf (1985) – Natural Born and Out of the Sky

String (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) put Airwolf through her paces this week’s dual installment. First up is Natural Born, airing 23 February, 1985, this one was written by Westbrook Claridge and Alfonse Ruggiero. Young Kevin (Lance Sloane) is a natural born helicopter pilot, he and his uncle (Noble Willingham),…

2014 Canadian Film Fest: H&G (Danishka Esterhazy) & Kate (Illya Klymkiw)

The first evening screening for tonight’s Canadian Film Fest at the Royal Theatre begins at 6:30, and takes us down some interesting dramatic roads. The screening’s short, Kate, directed by Illya Kimkiw, written and starring Holly Merritt is a beautiful, almost dreamlike film that examines the baggage and the ties we carry and form from…