TIFF ’22: The Fabelmans

I have been a Spielberg fan for as long as I can remember. The first film he saw was The Greatest Show On Earth, which affected him. Mine was Jaws, and I can say the same thing. Over the decades I have followed him on his storytelling journey, embracing each new film that came along,…

The Matrix Resurrections (2021) – 4K Review

Warner Brothers has sent me back to The Matrix with a copy of their 4K version of The Matrix Resurrections, which is available today in wonderful physical media form of blu-ray and 4K disc. Like everything after the first film, released back in 1999, this installment is as divisive as Reloaded and Revolutions, but for…

TIFF 2015: P.S. Jerusalem (2015) – Danae Elon

  Having its World Premiere today at Scotiabank, and screening again on the 16th and the 19th is this poignant and powerful documentary from filmmaker Danae Elon. Elon invites us into the life of her and her family, as she documents a journey of the heart, and the search and discovery of home. Born in Jerusalem,…

TUFF 2015

  It’s that time of year, film festivals are springing up as the leaves begin to turn and fall… Toronto is rife with film festivals, and there seems to be one, or more, for everyone’s taste. I can rattle off three or four that I simply love. But let’s face it, getting to all of…

Ejecta (2014) – Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele

  Our friend Julian Richings gives a tour de force performance in the first release from Anchor Bay this week. The film itself, Ejecta, is a bit of hit and miss b-movie affair, but Richings, himself, is perfectly on point giving his all, and elevating every scene he’s in, which is practically all of them….

Issues Vol. 9

It’s a big week at West End Comics with a couple new recommendations from Kirk, and a title I had to read, and a continuation of some I’m enjoying. Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics) issue 3, this one continues to be a great book! With a story by Cullen Bunn and arts and letters by…

Niagara Integrated Film Festival 2015

  Against the backdrop of wine country with the dull thrum of the falls imaginable at the farthest edge of earshot, members of the film and wine industry gather to make connections, share experiences and celebrate the finer things in life – film and a good vino. And I was fortunate enough to be invited…

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Guiseppe Tornatore

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Last Tango in Paris is actually more than worthy of its own entry in the book, and should have been highlighted as one of the main titles. This is one for every film lover, it’s an…

Night Film (2013) – Marisha Pessl

  This week’s book shelf brought me a book that was dark, troubling, steeped in film, murder, the occult, interactive elements, and evil. I loved it! It came to me via my sister at Christmas, and reading the inside of the jacket, I was duly interested. Who doesn’t like a good mystery, especially when it’s…

Hot Docs 2014: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin)

Having its World Premiere at 7pm this evening at the Scotiabank Theatre, this behind-the-scenes film focuses it’s objective eye on the filmmaking process of Giuseppe Andrews. One time, he was a young bit part actor, with roles in films like Independence Day and Detroit Rock City, as well as recurring roles on television series. But now, he’s…