The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987) – Stephen King

This week I continue my journey with Roland, the gunslinger, introduced to us in the first volume of The Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger. Roland is in trouble from the off when he wakes on an expansive miles-long beach that is the shoreline of the Western Sea, and immediately runs afoul of some of the…

The 15:17 to Paris (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort hits blu-ray today from Warner Brothers, and is based on the true story of three Americans, friends, who stopped a planned terrorist attack on a Paris bound train on 21 August, 2015. As much as I love Eastwood’s body of work, both as a director and as an actor, this…

The Long Walk (1979) – Stephen King as Richard Bachman

King’s first novel, written, not published, is a gripping thriller that terrifies and captivates, from the first page to it’s haunting conclusion. Writing under his pseudonym of Richard Bachman, the story follows Ray Garraty a young teen in an alternate timeline where a totalitarian government has assumed control, and all of it is overseen by…

Fear (2017) – Dirk Kurbjuweit

Hitting trade paperback on Canadian book shelves this week is this engrossing thriller penned by German author Dirk Kurbjuweit. A captivating tale the novel explores themes of love, family, perceptions of masculinity, and the rule of law. The novel opens with a murder. And a confession. For months Randolph Tiefenthaler and his wife, Rebecca and…

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Arthur Penn

As I return to the thriller category of Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, I got to settle into a film that I haven’t seen since my film classes in university. Bonnie and Clyde. The film stars Warren Beatty as Clyde and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in this cinematic retelling of the famous criminals…

The Transformers: The Movie (1986) – Nelson Shin

In the mid-80s there were two sets of toys that seemed to be everywhere, G.I. Joe (who would get his animated movie the following year) and the Transformers – a collection of robots whose civil war had spread to Earth. There are two sides, the brave and loyal Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen)…

Rio Bravo (1959) – Howard Hawks

If someone mentions John Wayne to me, this is the movie I go to. Happily, it’s the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Searchers. Starring Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and Angie Dickinson, this, to me, is Howard Hawks best western. Wayne stars…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Battlefield

The 26th andĀ final season of regular Doctor Who got under way with this four part story written by Ben Aaronovitch which aired from 6 to 27 September, 1989. The Doctor (McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) are joined in this adventure by a familiar face, the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT. I love that there is…

Catching Up with Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke

Sue and I have been very lucky in our access to talent, and through the kind folk at Touchwood PR, we were able to sit down (again) with the very cool Anthony Lemke. We met this past Wednesday evening in the most Canadian of ways, grabbing a spot on the patio, sharing a drink, some…

Gun Crazy (1950) – Joseph H. Lewis

  The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Night of the Hunter is this 1950 film that sees Barton Tare (John Dall), a good man, and a crackshot, being pressured by his wife and marksman, Annie (Peggy Cummins), to go on a robbery spree…

Cop Car (2015) – Jon Watts

  Releasing today from Anchor Bar on Blu-Ray and DVD is this wonderfully taut, coming of age thriller starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford. Two young boys, Travis (Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Wellford), are off on an adventure, they’re running away from home, experimenting with swear words, and daring one another as they walk…