TIFF 2021: Becoming Cousteau dir. Liz Garbus

Like a lot of people my age grew up in the 70s tuning into The Undersea World of Jacques Costeau, in our house, it would be paired Sunday evenings with The Wonderful World of Disney. I had one of his books as a child, and would pore over the pictures and text for hours, losing…

In the Tall Grass (2019) – Vincenzo Natali

In the Tall Grass a novella by horror legend Stephen King, and his son Joe Hill makes for a fascinating and unnerving watch, even if the film version leans towards a kind of happy ending that wasn’t even brushed on in the original source material. And speaking of, horror novels work on a whole different…

Foundation (1951) – Isaac Asimov

While I have always been a sci-fi fan, I’ve kept it mainly to film and television, with a few exceptions, James S.A. Corey’s brilliant Expanse series, Herbert’s Dune, some Bradbury, and of course, Arthur C. Clarke. I was always worried that if I dug into any of Isaac Asimov’s novels, that they would seem to…

Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) – James Marsh

James Marsh proves yet again that he is the modern master of the documentary as he weaves fascinating stories, grisly, humorous, and undeniably human in this doc version of the book of the same name by Micheal Lesy. It’s also my next film as i dig into the What Else to Watch list of DK…

Lost Highway (1997) – David Lynch

Porn, crime, tailgating, doppelgangers, murder, transmigration of the soul, and time travel all seem to play some part in the next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Blue Velvet. David Lynch gives us another raucous ride as we meet Bill Pullman’s Fred Madison,…

Star Wars: Rebel Rising (2017) – Beth Revis

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I am truly enjoying the new canon Star Wars series, yes, I mourn some of the lost stories, now relegated to the Legends pile, but the new novels, comics, television series, and of course, the movies, all tie in with one another. Things are checked,…

Annihilation (2014) – Jeff VanderMeer

Full disclosure: I had never heard of this book until I saw the trailer for this movie from the writer and director of Ex Machina, the visuals looked amazing, and the ambiguity and mystery conveyed by the short teaser drove me out to find a copy of the Southern Reach trilogy right away. Annihilation is…

A Propos de Nice (1930) – Jean Vigo

I’m spending a little more time with French director Jean Vigo as I continue my exploration of the continually enthralling, and informative The Movie Book from DK Canada. The next film of his I take a look at is the short, A Propos de Nice. Shot in 1930, the film seems, at first, to be…