Deep Rising (1998) – Stephen Sommers

Writer/director Stephen Sommers delivers a fun creature feature romp that, even with some dated VFX, is still a lot of fun. Treat Williams leads a cast that includes Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, Jason Flemyng, Anthony Heald, and Kevin O’Connor. Williams plays Finnegan, a kind of Han Solo of the high seas. He and his crew…

Cliffhanger (1993) – Renny Harlin

Somehow I feel this actioner from the early 90s doesn’t get enough love. In fact I think it can honestly be looked at and said it has improved with age, while some 90s action flicks should be better left forgotten. Directed by Renny Harlin, who had two big successes already at the time, Nightmare on…

Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Steven Soderbergh

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon headline in the next film that I watched as I work my way through Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. The list this title comes from is Remakes That Are Better Than The Original. And on this count, I agree. As much as I love the Rat Pack’s…

War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – Robert Rodriguez

The solid team of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino paired up for the first time with From Dusk Til Dawn the next stop in the vampire section of Monsters in the Movies, the wonderful coffee table tome from DK Canada. Featuring an all star cast, as well as being stacked with cult favorites, the film…

TAD 2018: Robbery (2018) – Corey Stanton

Toronto After Dark, my favorite film festival, playing at the Scotibank Theatre, breaks from the norm this eve, which for them the supernatural, aliens, blood and gore, and goes out on a limb with a Canadian crime drama. And full disclosure, I know some of the folk involved in the film, including my friend Samantha…

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Alden Ehrenreich takes on the iconic role of scoundrel and smuggler Han Solo, as Lawrence Kasdan, and his son Jonathan Kasdan pen the script for the Ron Howard directed film which comes home on blu-ray and DVD today from Disney and Lucasfilm. While it stumbled a bit at the box office, coming to close on…

Ocean’s 8 (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett headline an all-star cast in this the third sequel to the remake of Ocean’s 11 from 2001. Ocean’s 8 hits blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers today. Joining the pair are Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham-Carter. Bullock plays Debbie the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. Getting…

The Killers (1946) – Robert Siodmak

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the classic film, Laura. Having previously reviewed it, I dove into the What Else to Watch list for this title, and discovered this fantastic little noir film starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. Two hitmen arrive in a small town and kill a gas…

Point Blank (1967) – John Boorman

Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson headline the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as we return to the Thriller & Crime genre. Marvin is Walker, a criminal left for dead when he is double-crossed by his partners, Reese (John Vernon) and his own wife, Lynne (Sharon Acker). He sets…