Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Fair Trade, and Alter Ego

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Andre Bormanis pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Ronald Wilkerson and Jean Louis Matthias. This Neelix (Ethan Phillips) heavy episode first debuted on 8 January, 1997. As the Voyager begins to close on a region of space that Neelix is unfamiliar with, he turns to the aid…

Murder, My Sweet (1944) – Edward Dmytryk

Dick Powell doesn’t quite have the narration patter down of a hard-boiled private investigator, especially not for the one he’s playing, Philip Marlowe, still, this is a great little film-noir bringing another incarnation of Raymond Chandler’s iconic character to the silver screen. And he handles the actual dialogue with his co-stars well, it’s just the…

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Out of all of Scorsese’s work, I think Taxi Driver, the next stop on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Thriller genre, is my favourite. It also features one of my top performances by Robert De Niro. Much has been said and written about Taxi Driver since…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Hollow Pursuits, and The Most Toys

Captain’s log: stardate 43801.4 First airing on 30 April, 1990, this episode, written by Sally Caves introduced fan favourite Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) to the Trek Universe. Barclay is smart, but shy, suffers from some anxieties, and releases them through escapes to the holodeck. In fact, he slips away every chance he gets, as, within…

People On Sunday (1930) – Robert Slodmak & Edgar G. Ulmar

People On Sunday is the next big stop in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Called a film without actors, the film is fluid and natural, following five people on a Sunday. Erwin, a taxi driver, Brigitte, a retail, clerk, Wolfgang, a wine trader, Christl, a film extra, Annie, a model, ¬†are the film’s subjects, as…

Arrival (2016) – Denis Villeneuve

First contact. The interpretation of words. How we communicate both person to person, and mass media. The very perception of our existence. These are all at work in Canadian director Villeneuve’s latest film. A hard science fiction tale that eschews lasers and space battles for deeper concepts like the way we interact and understand one…

Conversations with Dolphins (2016) – Jerome Julienne and John Jackson

“They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.” –¬†Whales Weep Not! D. H. Lawrece Airing as part of the CBC’s Nature of Things tonight, is this fascinating documentary about one of my favourite mammals on the planet, dolphins. From endurance swimmer Adam…

Hot Docs 2016: Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

  If there is a more honest, emotional and human film at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, I can’t imagine what it could be. Owen Suskind, the young autistic man who is the focus of William’s objective eye, is a brilliant soul, and we learn through the film, his story, his life, and his…