Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Fair Haven, and Blink of an Eye

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Robin Burger pens this holodeck/Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) episode that some will love, some will hate. It’s just different. It first aired on 12 Janyary, 2000. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) has given us a couple of relaxing holodeck programs over the course of the Voyager’s journey. There was a French bistro,…

Space: 1999 (1976) – All That Glisters, and The Taybor

You thought some of the previous episodes were strange (and occasionally bad?), well this one, All That Glisters, is right up there. And it’s the first one up this week as we jump into more adventures with Moonbase Alpha. Set some 562 days after leaving Earth orbit, All That Glisters was written by Keith Miles,…

The Untouchables (1987) – Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma directs from a David Mamet script which helped win Sean Connery an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The Untouchables starring Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro is the next stop in What Else to Watch following my screening of Battleship Potemkin in The Movie Book from DK Canada. This was my first…

Life’s A Breeze (2014) – Lance Daly

Released towards the end of last month, this little gem, Life’s a Breeze, is available now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Fionnula Flanagan is Nan, an elderly woman who lives in a cluttered home and puts up with her layabout son, Colm (Pat Shortt), who collects his weekly welfare, and dreams of winning the lotto. She also has…

Black Narcissus (1947) – Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

The next recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following Pandora’s Box, is this 1947 classic starring Deborah Kerr, based on Rumer Godden’s novel. A rundown palace, remotely positioned in the Himalayan mountains is the new location for a hospital and school to be run by a small group of nuns, led by newly commissioned Mother Superior,…

Ronin (1998) – John Frankenheimer

  This entry on the 101 Action Movies list has quite a pedigree, it’s directed by John Frankenheimer, has a screenplay by David Mamet (as Richard Weisz), and stars Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth and Michael Lonsdale. Shot entirely on location in France, the film is gritty, realistic, and…

Toronto After Dark – Grabbers – Jon Wright

  The opening film selected for Toronto After Dark this year was the Irish Sundance hit, Grabbers!  Directed by Jon Wright, this little comedic gem had its Toronto premiere at the festival last night, and seemed to be the perfect film to set the tone for a festival that’s now known to boast “blood, beasts,…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Must See List

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival! As soon as I heard about it when we first started The Mind Reels, I knew it was something Sue and I would want to cover, and this year, WE ARE! This is the festival’s 7th year, and it runs for 9 nights and is packed with 21 films,…