The Big Parade (1925) – King Vidor

  I plunge back into World War I with the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my viewing of All Quiet On The Western Front.┬áThis silent film is very engaging, telling the story of an idle rich lad, James Apperson (John Gilbert), who, when caught up in the…

The Rockford Files (1979) – Guilt and The Deuce

  Jim (James Garner) finds himself in all manner of trouble this week… First up is Guilt, that was written by Juanita Bartlett and originally aired 19 January, 1979. The phone message this time around features a message from Angel (Stuart Margolin) who gets a hot tip about a horse, but needs to bum some…

The Rockford Files (1977) – Quickie Nirvana & Irving the Explainer

  Jim Rockford (James Garner) finds himself in all manner of trouble in this week’s episodes. First up is Quickie Nirvana, which aired 11 November, 1977 and was written by David Chase. The phone gag this time around featured someone calling, complaining about having left a message a few times, and wondering if Jim still…

Willow Creek (2013) – Bobcat Goldthwait

  Hitting DVD and Blu-Ray last week was this found footage film that I missed at Toronto After Dark last year. As a slow-burning, low-budget horror film, this one works, and is wonderfully creepy and troubling. Don’t go in expecting big budget thrills, think Blair Witch, but replaced, possibly, by Bigfoot. Jim (Bryce Johnson) is…

Escape From Tomorrow (2013) – Randy Moore

  I wanted to see this one as soon as I heard about it. I heard how it was put together, using a pair of Canon 5Ds, they shot this film guerrilla style in Disney World and Disneyland. Now yes, there is copyright infringement all over this film, and it’s truly a wonder that Disney…

The Rockford Files (1975) – Aura Lee, Farewell & Sleight of Hand

  Strong writing is a feature of both this week’s episodes of The Rockford Files. Jim (James Garner) is hired by a friend of his Sarah Butler (the Bionic Woman herself, Lindsay Wagner, reprising her role from the series premiere movie) in the first episode which features a phone gag about someone calling Rockford with…

Blazing Saddles (1974) – Mel Brooks

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book ‘s next recommendation for Monsieur Hulot, is Mel Brook’s comedic take on the western genre, that works on sight gags, physical comedy, and lots of great lines. However, there is also a slew of stereotypes and some less than acceptable language, although it’s very evident…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Newsroom S02E09 – Election Night Part II

  And just like that Season 2 comes to a close. Sigh. Clocking in with 9 episodes this season, the season finale of Aaron Sorkin’s fantastic show, comes to a close by really telling relationship stories this time around as the jobs of everyone at News Night hangs in the balance. As November 8, 2012…