Billy Elliot (2000) – Stephen Daldry

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of West Side Story isn’t necessarily a musical, but it definitely shares the same love of dance. Billy Elliot, which has since inspired a stage musical perfectly captures joy in dance and simultaneously juxtaposes the ordinary events of day…

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series

Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone is one of those television titles that surpassed its small screen trappings to become something more, something bigger, iconic, finding its way into the very fabric of the cultural DNA. Even today, people make references to it, by humming the iconic opening theme by Marius Constant, (though Bernard Herrmann composed a…

Hot Docs 2015: The Visit – Dr. Michael Madsen

If alien life landed on our doorstep, would we be ready? Would we know how to handle it? Are there procedures in place? The simulated experience of an alien’s (the audience)¬†arrival on Earth is put up onto the screen by Madsen, as he puts the United Nations in the spotlight, as the only body¬†in the…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) – Ransom Riggs

I’d been looking at this book for a while before I actually finally broke and purchased it. I flew through it, this one was totally engaging, and I loved every minute of it. It combines a fun, time-travelling adventure story, some creepy characters, and some vintage photographs. When things take a turn for the tragic…