Toronto After Dark 2019: The Furies (2019) – Tony D’Aquino

Australia brings their horror game to the Toronto After Dark film festival tonight with their bloody and violent The Furies. A riff on the Final Girl trope as well as a mash-up of Battle Royale and Halloween the film is deliciously gory and excitingly paced. When Kayla (Airlie Dodds) is abducted and wakes up in…

Red Rising (2014) – Pierce Brown

  With hints of the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, Ender’s Game and the guise of an educational setting, Pierce Brown’s science fiction novel, Red Rising, the first of a trilogy, is strongly written and completely engrossing. I’ll admit it took me about the first third of the book to get really hooked on the story,…

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a good, solid film. I’ll spare you another rehashing of the plot, as I’ve done so in an earlier post, and people know how I feel about comparing it to Battle Royale – that’s a simple, superficial comparison a best, especially seen in the context of all three books. For fans…

Kate Hewlett!

Kate Hewlett! Sue and I have wanted to talk with her, since we started doing our podcasts! And she said YES! So we got to sit down with Kate, and after realizing how naturally funny she is, our interview started to slide right off the rails. We laughed A LOT! This may not necessarily be…

Stuff To Look Forward To!

Morning All! Just wanted to share a quick post before I settle into the work day. I’ll be posting our review of episode 2 of Bomb Girls this evening, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Shaw Media publicly for all the support they’ve been giving us, we’ve been dealing with two…

Sue’s Top Flick Picks of 2011

Now that 2011 is done and gone, and 2012 is finally upon us, I thought I’d take a bit of time to go through the plethora of flicks I saw in theatres throughout the course of the year.¬† I dug out as many ticket stubs as I could find – yes, I keep them…I am…

The Hunger Games Trailer

Is it March yet? In the words of Sue Maynard, the site’s co-creator and fellow writer, “I haven’t been this excited about a movie, or book series in a very long time.” And you know what? I agree with her. Yes, there are films I’m looking forward to, The Muppets on the 23rd,¬†Brad Bird’s live…

The Hunger Games – Defending The Districts

The Hunger Games. Wow. It’s easy to dismiss a teen fiction book as just that, teen fiction, but more and more it appears that there are great stories being told in this arena. And for us here at The Mind Reels, The Hunger Games is one of those. We’re very passionate about it, and of…