Banshee: Season 4

The white-knuckle, pulp thriller, rollercoaster ride that is Banshee has come to a close. While it’s bittersweet that the show has come to its conclusion, there’s nothing like going out on a high note. Brutal in its violence, dark and dry in its humour, and incredibly sexy in its liaisons, the series has captivated the…

Black Moon Rising (1986) – Harley Cokeliss

My time with John Carpenter continues as I delve further into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around it’s an action thriller that Carpenter penned and sees Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn caught up in the action. Jones is Quint, a professional thief, who is hired by the FBI to gather evidence…

The Greatest American Hero (1982) – Plague and Train of Thought

  Bill (Robert Culp) and Ralph (William Katt) are exposed to danger this week in the episode Plague, which aired 6 January, 1982, and was penned by Rudolph Borchert. Picking up an assignment from Carlisle (William Bogert) that none of his fellow agents want, Bill gets a number of inoculations before going into the field…

Hot Docs 2015: Deep Web – Alex Winter

  Planetary may have been the most important film at the festival in terms of our species and its relation with our tender planet, but Alex Winter’s documentary, Deep Web, brings to the screen the topical, and argumentative subject of internet privacy. The digital frontier is turning into the latest battleground, a wild west shootout,…

Hot Docs 2015: (T)error – David Felix Sutcliffe and Lyric R. Cabral 

Screening tonight at the Lightbox at 9:45pm is this thriller of a documentary, that pulls the curtain back from the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts within the continental United States and the revelation that it isn’t all as above-board and by the book as the public would like to believe. Saeed, alias Shariff, an ex-con has been working…

Brimstone (2004) – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

  It’s time to rejoin Special Agent Pendergast in his literary adventures in Brimstone, the next novel in the series from authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I found it rather interesting that the Doctor Who story this Saturday past features some cloven hooves burned into the country side, and this novel, features a murder (apparently…

Still Life with Crows (2003) – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is back, and this time, he’s in the middle of nowhere, a tiny, small town, Medicine Creek, set amongst the cornfields of Kansas, where someone (something) has committed a terrible murder. Leaving the body, in a strange tableaux surrounded by crows pierced by arrowheads, the crime scene is unusual, and as such…

Mississippi Burning (1988) – Alan Parker

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On the Waterfront is this dramatic film featuring standout performances from Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as FBI agents investigating a highly charged case in the South. In 1964, two FBI agents, Ward (Dafoe) and Anderson (Hackman) head…