Oldboy (2003) – Chan-wook Park

The intense South Korean thriller, Oldboy is the next movie recommendation from DK Canada’s highly enjoyable The Movie Book. Brutal, intense, and wow that reveal, this one floored me when I first saw it back in 2003, so I was eager to settle in and watch it again to see if it still had the…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Death’s Other Dominion, and Voyager’s Return

Moonbase Alpha and its inhabitants encounter members of a lost Earth Expedition on the far-flung world of Ultima Thule in Death’s Other Dominion. Written by Anthony Terpiloff and Elizabeth Barrows, this episode first debuted on 2 October, 1975. There’s no suggestion of where Ultima Thule is in the galaxy, and how long Alpha has been…

Father Figures (2017) – Blu-Ray Release

Hitting blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers this week is this goofy, semi-sweet, adult-humoured quest story from first time director, but experienced cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Helms and Wilson play fraternal twin brothers, Peter and Kyle, who lead separate and different lives from one another and the rest of their…

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – Ernst Lubitsch

Remade in 1998 as You’ve Got Mail, the original classic, The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan is the next title on the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation from The Movie Book, available now from DK Canada, for the screening of To Be or Not To Be. Stewart…

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…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Journey’s End, and The Next Doctor

The fourth series of the reinvigorated Doctor Who comes to a close this week with Journey’s End. It also sees Donna Noble’s (Catherine Tate) departure from the TARDIS. The conclusion was penned by Russell T. Davies and aired on 5 July, 2008. The Doctor (Tennant), Donna, Rose (Billie Piper), and Captain Jack (John Barrowman) are…

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Rupert Sanders

Paramount Pictures’ live action adaptation of the classic anime, Ghost in the Shell, hits blu-ray and DVD today. I am going to eschew any discussion of the white-washing controversy surrounding the film’s production, and just focus on the movie itself. I love the original anime, and constantly saw it as kin to the cinematic version…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – The Ultimate Foe

The final story of Season 23, and the conclusion of the season long Trial of a Time Lord, ends up being a two parter that aired from 29 November to 6 December 1986. Part one was written by Robert Holmes, whose untimely death resulted in Pip and Jane Baker writing the story’s conclusion. The Doctor’s…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – The Mysterious Planet

Season 23 gets underway this week with the season long story, Trial of a Time Lord. The first instalment, The Mysterious Planet, was written by Robert Holmes and aired from 6 to 27 September, 1986. The stories reverted back to twenty-five minute long episodes, and found the Doctor (Baker) being uncontrollably summoned to present themselves…

S. (2013) – Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

  This week’s book was a wonderful, experience, part art, part mystery, part collectible, all enjoyment. Doug Dorst¬†and J.J. Abrams collaborated to create this wonderful book, that once removed from its protective¬†slipcase, for all intents and purposes, looks like a library book. The book is titled The Ship of Theseus by V. M. Straka, and…