The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Wes Anderson

The final title in The Directory, marking the end of my time with DK Canada’s exceptional The Movie Book is this fun, quirky film from writer/director Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes. Anderson packs the film with his favourite actors as he has done throughout his films. Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody,…

Fan Expo 2019

Somehow just like that, Fan Expo, in its 25th year is over. Packed with a plethora of guests the four day event was filled with fans, booths, collectibles, tees, and a fandom moment for everyone. I was totally eager to see how things played out this year, spending time with friends new and old, and…

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) – Rudy De Luca

They aren’t all going to be winners as I continue to sink my fangs into the vampire chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. This stinker from 1985 boasts a pretty solid cast, but is terribly written (and directed) by Rudy De Luca. Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. share the dubious honor…

Marvel Studio’s Thor: Ragnarok Blu-Ray Review

Thor Ragnarok the immensely enjoyable third solo adventure of the Marvel hero comes home on blu-ray and DVD today, and continues to build on the Marvel Cinematic Universe while also bringing in something new to the adventure… A huge sense of humour and fun. Chris Hemsworth as the titular god shows that he can manage…

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Steven Spielberg

The next stop for me in the Sci-Fi Chronicles is the dinosaur franchise that began with a novel, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and became a blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg. He followed up that first film from 1993, with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. While it lacks the discovery and the sense…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – Philip Kaufman

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has brought me lots of enjoyment to date, and I got very excited when it was time to revisit the series of films based on the novel by Jack Finney. I’d previously reviewed the original film here but was looking forward to re-watching this version, I’d only seen it a few…

Nashville (1975) – Robert Altman

Altman films always seem to be an experience to get through, so I was curious how I would do when I sat down to view this one as a follow-up title to Rules of the Game, from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Altman has a knack for overlapping dialogue, weaving a…

Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen

The final recommendation following Manhattan in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is the Academy Award winning Annie Hall. And while even now, I don’t understand how this film beat out Star Wars for best picture, I can admit it was pretty good. Except for the fact that I don’t think Woody…

Trailer Tracks: The Right Stuff (1983) – Philip Kaufman

Kaufman shot this adaption of Tom Wolfe’s book about the beginning of the Mercury space program, interweaving it with the exploits of Chuck Yeager, into an epic three hour adventure about flilght, exploration and humanity. With a fantastic cast including Sam Shepard, Lance Henriksen, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff…

Independence Day (1996) – Roland Emmerich

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brings this combination of sci-fi in the vein of War of the Worlds and an Irwin Allen disaster flick, with a huge dose of popcorn entertainment thrown in as good measure. Now that being said, this film isn’t with its eye-rolling cheese, and its questionable plotlines… the most famous of…

Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg

  As soon as I heard about Michael Crichton’s new book in 1990, I scrabbled to get my hands on a copy, and ended up co-opting and keeping my mother’s hard cover edition as soon as she was done with it. Then, hearing that Spielberg had bought the rights for it, I knew I had…

The Right Stuff (1983) – Philip Kaufman

“There was a demon that lived in the air…” I love a good epic film, and this film, The Right Stuff, is wonderfully so, based on Tom Wolfe’s book chronicling the launch of the space program, the training, the disasters, and the 7 brave men chosen to become Mercury astronauts. Boasting an all-star cast, the…