In the Heat of the Night (1967) – Norman Jewison

In the Heat of the Night shouldn’t be as timely and relevant as it still is. You’d think we could have moved beyond such levels of racism and prejudice, and yet, sections of society seem worse than ever before, and it seems to be both hidden and overt. Featuring powerhouse performances by Sidney Poitier and…

Millennium (1999) – Darwin’s Eye, and Bardo Thodol

Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) finds himself unexpectedly partnered with Baldwin (Peter Outerbridge) when Hollis (Klea Scott) elects for some leave in Darwin’s Eye, written by Patrick Harbinson, which first aired on 16 April, 1999. When a homicidal young woman, Cass (Tracy Middendorf) escapes a mental institution, committing a murder to do it, she takes a…

Sudden Impact (1983) – Clint Eastwood

Lalo Schifrin returns to score Dirty Harry’s next adventure which sees Eastwood not only starring as Dirty Harry Callahan, but serves as the film’s producer and director. After causing more problems for the city brass, and not following the law in his own investigations, Harry is assigned to a homicide case that will get him…

Millennium (1997) – Sacrament, and Covenant

Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) confronts the darkness again this week, and this time in Sacrament, it strikes a little too close to home, and reveals that perhaps his daughter, Jordan (Brittany Tiplady) may have a bit of his dark gift to see into the mind of a criminal. Written by Frank Spotnitz, and first airing…

The X-Files (1995) – Soft Light, and Our Town

Tony Shaloub guest stars in Soft Light, an episode written by Vince Gilligan that first aired on 5 May, 1995. The story is just a fun idea, what if your shadow could kill someone? But, of course, with some extra science in it to give it that x-files edge. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is contacted by…

Miami Vice (1988) – Mirror Image, and Hostile Takeover

Mirror Image is the only cliffhanger in the entire run of Miami Vice, and closes out the series fourth season tying in directly with the previous episode Deliver Us From Evil, and the season five opener, Hostile Takeover coming to its conclusion in Redemption in Blood. Written by Robert Palm and Nelson Oramas from a…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Tragedy Girls – Tyler MacIntyre

BFFs, LOLs, LIKES, RETWEETs and MURDER. The Toronto After Dark film festival comes to a close this evening at Scotibank Theatre with the Toronto premiere of the exceptional dark comedy, Tragedy Girls. A Heathers for the cyber age, the film follows two students and best friends, Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) who are…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) Echoes of the Mind Part 1 & 2

  It’s time for milk, fig newtons and beautiful sunsets as Season 5 (!) gets underway with this two-parter that aired on 27 September and 4 October, 1984. The season opener was penned by Bellisario himself, and sees both Thomas (Tom Selleck) and Higgins (John Hillerman) dealing with love in their own way.  It also uses the New American…

Relic (1995) – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

  I read this one back when it first came out, though I definitely didn’t recall much in the way of details, I think because after I read it, I saw the film adaptation, which, in my opinion dropped the ball (though now that I have read the book again, I may rewatch the film,…