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…

The Newsroom S02E05 – News Night with Will McAvoy

This week’s episode is bottled to run the length of one broadcast of News Night, something I’ve wanted to see from the beginning of the series. And while, everything seems to be going smoothly on air, viewers are only seeing part of the story, there is so much going on around and in the news…

The Newsroom S02E04 – Unintended Consequences

  The episode’s title is completely apt this week, as we see unwanted and unexpected consequences plague the ACN team. We finally get to see what happened to Maggie (Alison Pill) in Uganda, causing her to be called back from Africa to be debriefed and under review, and it’s a little terrifying. We follow Maggie…

The Newsroom S02E03 – Willie Pete

  Now this is what I’m talking about! This week’s Newsroom dives right into the events of the time! The Genoa tip from last week, about the use of sarin gas on a civilian population during a black-ops extraction, doesn’t look like it’s going to pay off as Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) can’t seem to track…

The Conspiracy (2012) – Christopher MacBride

  The Conspiracy is a dizzying descent through a glass darkly. A world where black SUVs have taken the place of black helicopters, and the New World Order is risen and installed in every aspect of life. And this world is our own. Or at least that is what conspiracy nut Terrance (Alan C. Petersen)…

The Newsroom S02E02 – The Genoa Tip

  I love this show, but this week’s episode was the least engaged I’ve been with this show since the premiere. While it chased down some news stories which still have reverberations through to this day, this one seemed to lean a little more towards the relationships this week, which is all well and good,…

28 Days Later… (2002) – Danny Boyle

The 101 Horror Films brings is the triumphant return of British horror with this tense, scary ride from Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle. An updated take on the zombie film that sees people infected with a virus, through a bite or single drop of blood ingested, that releases pure rage. After an introduction of how the virus…