The Day of the Triffids (1963) – Steven Sekely 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me yet another film I’ve never seen, and yet feel I know, because it shows up everywhere, The Day of the Triffids. based on the classic science fiction tale by John Wyndham. This adaptation fairly mangles the original novel, tagging on a Hollywood Happy ending, or as happy as a…

The Missing (2014) – Season 1

  Releasing today from Anchor Bay, on both DVD and Blu-Ray is the Starz/BBC co-pro miniseries, The Missing, starring James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, and Tcheky Karyo. Over eight episodes, beautifully presented in HD on blu-ray, with an incredibly sharp and clear image, the viewer is put through a taut, brutal, honest and emotional journey that…

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) – Rex Ingram

  The War recommendations following my screening of All Quiet on the Western Front for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book get underway with this silent film from 1921. A cattle dynasty in Argentina finds itself in conflict with itself when the Great War breaks out and French and German in-laws take…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Howard Hawks

  Marilyn Monroe stars in the first recommendation following my screening of Some Like It Hot, for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Monroe and Jane Russell are showgirls, Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw respectively, who are best friends, and seem to be enjoying all life has to offer. Lorelei is a…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Reign of Terror

  “Have you met the French?” The final story of the first season of Doctor Who was written by Dennis Spooner and aired its six parts from 8 August to 12 September, 1964. The TARDIS arrives back on Earth, and The Doctor (Hartnell) seems eager to finally be rid of Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara…

The White Queen (2013)

  Today, Anchor Bay Canada releases Philippa Gregory’s lavish and sumptuous interpretation of the War of the Roses comes to life in this Starz/BBC co-production that is a gorgeous rendering of visuals, story and actors. Based on a trio of novels, The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the ten episode miniseries,…

The Three Musketeers (1948) – George Sidney

I won’t lie, I have a tender spot for the Disney version of The Three Musketeers from 1993 with Kieffer Sutherland. It’s just a joy, and the 1948 version is in much the same vein as Gene Kelly brings the classic role of D’Artagnan to life in this energetic and light-hearted take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic…

La Jetee (1962)

The basis for Terry Gilliam’s time travel tale Twelve Monkeys, La Jetee is an intriguing French short film that defies genre, though with undeniable elements of science fiction, which of course explains its presence on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies. Eschewing the idea of a motion picture, director Chris Marker, has crafted a photo story using still photography (with the exception…

The Vanishing (1988)

The 101 Horror Movies brought me the wonderfully unnerving The Vanishing, not the Hollywood remake of course, but the original Netherlands/French film. Ably directed by George Sluizer, the film is a tale of love, obsession and murder, and isn’t afraid to be both comedic at times, and downright frightening. Rex Hofman (Gene Bervoets) and his girlfriend…

Fan Expo Day 3

Saturdays can be tough at Fan Expo if you aren’t ready and prepared. Sue and I find that the real key to Saturdays is try to stay out of everyone’s way – stay off the floor as much as you can and enjoy the Q&As and photo ops. Pick one thing you need and want to…

WSFF – Celebrity Shorts

Last night was a treat for both Sue and I at the Worldwide Short Film Festival featured was a program called Celebrity Shorts and every one of them was a delight. We started with a heart-warming and joyous tail featuring Dame Judi Dench, and a cameo by Tom Hiddleston in a short from the United…

WSFF – Opening Gala, Award Winners From Around The World

The 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival kicked into gear last night at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, with an entertaining, and wonderful program featuring shorts from around the globe. The seven shorts featured ran the gambit from whimsical to laugh out loud funny, with a dash of romance and historical combining into an enjoyable potpourri of entertainment. The first…