Ride with the Devil (1999) – Ang Lee

  We get a look at the other side of the Civil War, as we join a Confederate guerrilla campaign in Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Red Badge of Courage. With a top tier cast including…

Pitch Black (2000) – David Twohy

The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been serving me well lately, so I decided to stay with it for a bit longer, and consequently dug into the first Riddick film, Pitch Black. It’s a modest little film that helped launch Vin Diesel to fame when he took on the role of the ocularly augmented killer, and…

TIFF 2015: Portal to Hell – Vivieno Caldinelli

  TIFF tends to be filled with hidden gems, each one tucked away and made all the more pleasing when you find it. So let Sue and I give you a little nudge in the right direction… Portal To Hell!!! is part of the Short Cuts Programme 4 and is nothing short of pure gold. Running…

Parents Night and The Bigger Issue

We came to this stage production late in its run, as life just seems to keep happening, but we were lucky enough to get into the Theatre Passe Muraille last night to have a look at this dynamic, fun, and driven production of two of playwright George F. Walker’s pieces, Parents Night and The Bigger…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) – Kenneth Branagh

To round out the remake/reboots I’ve been watching this week I thought I’d take a look at the latest Jack Ryan film. Based on the characters (not any of the books) created by Tom Clancy, Chris Pine steps into the shoes previously filled by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. What starts out fairly decently, sadly…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – Naka Jima Kill & Boragora or Bust

First off, before I jump in, how gorgeous is that art above, created by Trevor Grove! Check out his work here. This week Jake (Stephen Collins) gets embroiled in assassination plots and claim jumpers in two episodes that see us coming up incredibly quickly on the end of the series, which is so sad, and I…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – High Stakes Lady & Force of Habit

Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) takes a double hit to his love life in the episodes being revisited this week. The first episode, High Stakes Lady (which also has an appearance by Charles Napier – who also appeared in this week’s Rockford Files), originally aired 26 January, 1983, and was written by William Driskill and Lance…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) – Trunk From the Past & Once a Tiger…

This week’s installment of the Bellisario classic features some high adventure as Jake (Stephen Collins), Sarah (Cailtin O’Heaney), Corky (Jeff MacKay)and Jack the one-eyed dog find themselves squaring off against an Egyptian curse. Airing 3 November 1982, and written by John Pashdag and Brady Westwater, the story gives us some back story on Sarah, as it begins in 1937, and…