Wolf (1994) – Mike Nichols

The next werewolf title up for viewing, courtesy of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is the Jack Nicholson film, Wolf, which co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, and Christopher Plummer. With make-up effects and creature work by the legendary Rick Baker, and a score by Ennio Morricone the film seems to have missed its audience…

Tommy (1975) – Ken Russell

As I dig into the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Grease, I got rather excited about what I would see, and if there would be anything I hadn’t screened before. In fact there was. The Who’s Tommy. Playing like an experimental film that is undeniably…

Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski

The final recommendation following my screening of The Big Sleep from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is one of my favorite Jack Nicholson films, and undeniably one of the best noir films ever made. Jack plays detective J.J. Gittes, and it’s the 40s in the city of Angels. Hired on a…

Easy Rider (1969) – Dennis Hopper

The next drama title for review in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this generation-defining film that not only stars Dennis Hopper, but he directed it, and wrote the script with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Fonda plays Wyatt, though he’s referred to through the entire film as Captain America,…

Trailer Tracks: The Shining (1980) – Stanley Kubrick

Sometimes a trailer comes along that tells you next to nothing about the movie but for who’s involved, set that against a small clip of one of the most disturbing sequences in the movie, and you have yourself a unique teaser, like the one below for the Kubrick film based on Stephen King’s novel, and…

Trailer Tracks: A Few Good Men (1992) – Rob Reiner

Based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, the starpower alone in this film makes it worth watching (Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Xander Berkley, James Marshall and J.T. Walsh)! Mix that in with some fantastic dialogue, a great story, and you have a film that I love to…

Trailer Tracks: Batman (1989) – Tim Burton

Back in 1989, I was totally into Batman, that was before DC started disappointing me with their film properties… and I was so excited by this big screen version, though, like many people at the time I scoffed at the idea of a comedian, Michael Keaton, playing the caped crusader. But I became a convert,…

Batman (1989) – Tim Burton

Batman and the Joker, two sides of the same coin, both created in a moment of violence and both letting it define everything that comes after it… The 101 Action Movies scores again with this fantastic interpretation of the Batman story by Tim Burton. Set in a neo-noir gothic Gotham City which features fashions that…

Room 237 (2012) – Rodney Ascher

When I first heard about this documentary from Rodney Ascher, it was coming to TIFF, and I very much wanted to see it, I love the ideas of secrets and conspiracies hidden in movies. Both theĀ opportunitiesĀ I had to see it fell through, and I was a little bummed. Then I heard it was returning to…

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King. If there was ever a movie to give me nightmares, it would be this one, though it’s never happened. I love every chance I get to revisit this film, and seeing it on the list of 101 Horror Movies just gave me my most recent excuse to watch it again….